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Title: Writers Workshop: Teaching Writing to English Learners


1
Writers Workshop Teaching Writing to English
Learners
  • Increasing 1st and 2nd grade Student Interest
    in Reading and Writing by Supplementing the Open
    Court Curriculum with Readers Theater, Writers
    Workshop, and Video Production.
  • By Mathew Needleman

2
Year One Readers Theater
3
The City Mouse and the Country Mouse
4
Classroom inquiry project goals year one
  • engage students in repeated reading with an
    authentic purpose
  • increase reading fluency
  • increase students interest in reading for pleasure

5
Results of Participating in Film students at
benchmark
Increased Enthusiasm for Reading
6
Year Two Writing for Pleasure
7
The research question
  • Can student participation in writers workshop
    positively impact writing on Open Court unit
    topics? 

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The writers workshop described in the Open Court
Reading Manual
  • Students write on  an assigned Open Court unit
    topic
  • They move at the same pace (all students write a
    story one day, edit it the next, revise and
    publish the next, etc.).
  • There is little room to change the focus of the
    essay, try new things, or explore different genres

9
Scaffolding for teaching Open Court Writing with
ELLs
10
English Learners often had difficulty
participating in the process.
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Writers Workshopas it evolved over the year
  • Students chose their own topics
  • Students moved at their own pace within decided
    upon deadlines
  • Students could explore different genres and
    topics without commitment

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Prewriting
14
Drafting
15
Revising/Proofreading
16
Publishing
17
Jonathan
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Jonathans Film
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Why Use Technology with ELLs?
  • Audio and visuals assist ELLs with
    constructing meaning
  • Provides real audience beyond the classroom
  • Promotes higher level thinking
  • Teaches 21st Century skills toclose the
    Digital Divide

20
Todays graduates need to be critical thinkers,
problem solvers, and effective communicators who
are proficient in both core subjects and new,
21st-century content and skills. from Results
that Matter 21st Century Skills and High School
Reform a report issued in March by the
Partnership for 21st Century Skills
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completed student video projects www.videointhecla
ssroom.com
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