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Kids WritingWelcome to the UCLA Writing Project, a site of the California Writing Project and National Writing Project since 1977. We work with teachers of all disciplines and levels, helping them not only to expand their repertoires as teachers but also as writers. We believe that all -- teachers and students --can become good writers and experience the satisfaction of capturing thoughts in just the right words.  

As you navigate our website, you'll see programs that range from a focus on enhancing the abilities of English learners, to assessing student writing, differentiating instruction and leveraging the particular talents Los Angeles area students bring to the classroom.


Featured Programs for Teachers

Improving Students' Academic Writing -- Grades 6-12

June 16 - 19, 2014, 9am - 3pm
A four day workshop for teachers of grades 6-12

Instructors: Heidi Bowton, Marlene Carter, Kate Hicks, and Jason Torres-Rangel

Join us in a collaborative workshop that focuses on students as college and career-ready readers and writers. We will share lessons and strategies for teaching students the kind of issue-based writing required for the UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam and other college tasks, including the Early Assessment Program (EAP).

Through a hands-on, collaborative, discussion-based approach, teachers will:

  • Learn specific strategies to strengthen students’ college and career-ready writing skills.
  • Gain new ideas for technology integration around writing.
  • Make relevant connections to the Common Core State Standards.
  • Leave this workshop with real ways to improve student writing for all disciplines.

Cost: $400

>> Click here to register and pay by credit card or e-check.



Summer Invitational Institute 2014

June 23 - July 17, 2014

Monday - Thursday 9am-3:30pm

Calling all teachers who want to fine-tune their teaching of writing. The UCLA Writing Project invites you to apply for this Summer Invitational Institute where you’ll find like-minded teachers demonstrating successful teaching practices, expanding their repertoires, and engaging in their own writing. In addition, we’ll weave technology into the routines of our time together. Social studies, science, mathematics, world language teachers, and all teachers of English learners – this project is definitely for you too!  Read more...

- Click here for the Summer Invitational Institute Flyer.


Writing Is Elementary

June 16 - 20, 2014, 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Fee — $450
Instructor: TBA
A five day workshop for grade K-5 teachers
The teaching of writing to your particular students is the centerpiece of this one-week workshop. Pinpoint the strengths that your students bring--and collaborate with like-minded teachers to create a rich repertoire of teaching strategies. Throughout our five days together, we’ll also read and discuss key texts that focus on the Common Core and the teaching of writing.

  • Discover ways to draw on your students’ unique areas of expertise.
  • Gain strategies for incorporating writing across the curriculum.
  • Discover the abilities students can develop when they work on one piece of writing over a period of days.
  • Explore how to engage students in writing responses to readings and read-alongs.

>> Click here to register and pay by credit card or e-check.


Supplement, Not Supplant: Integrating iPad Into Your Daily Lesson Plans

July 14 - 16, 2014, 9:00AM - 1:00PM
Fee — $240
Instructor: David Lopez
A three day workshop for grade K-12 teachers

New to iPad in your classroom? Looking for ways to digitize your existing lessons and projects? Meet classroom teachers who have successfully integrated iPad technology in a seamless and authentic manner.

Bring your iPad and your iTunes account information. Free apps will be highlighted. Paid apps will be suggested.

>> Click here to register and pay by credit card or e-check.


Children of the Holocaust: Their Hopes and Dreams in the Midst of Insanity

July 21 - 25, 2014, 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Grades 6-12 — $450
Instructor: Norma Mota-Altman
A five day workshop for grade 6-12 teachers

In the midst of the cruelty and destruction of the Holocaust, children and adolescents kept their hope alive through writing. Join us as we read, discuss, and write using the Holocaust as a case study. We’ll connect all activities to the Common Core State Standards.

  • Read primary sources.
  • Discuss the pairing of literary and non-fiction texts.
  • Explore strategies and lessons for teaching about the Holocaust, empathy and social justice.
  • Write reports of information and arguments.

An Echoes and Reflections binder with lesson plans and resources will be given to each participant.

>> Click here to register and pay by credit card or e-check.



For Students

Writing in the Middle

July 7 - 18, 2014, 9:00AM - 1:00PM
grades 7 - 8 — $520
Instructor: Norma Mota-Altman
Middle school? That interesting space between childhood and adolescence, that roller-coaster of emotions. Middle school years are a time for wondering about the world and searching for personal identity. During this institute, you will read both literary and non-fiction texts and explore a variety of genres. You’ll read and write to discover your own identity as individuals, and as writers. We welcome students who are eager to explore who they are and who they hope to become!

>> Click here to register and pay by credit card or e-check.

Writing Before College

July 7 - 18, 2014, 9:00AM - 1:00PM
grades 9 - 12 — $520
Instructor: Jason Torres-Rangel
Did you know that in most college classes— history, psychology, archeology, biology— students do a good deal of writing? Writing is expected because the act of writing helps you learn the content and lets professors know how their students are understanding the particular discipline’s core and its complexities. In this workshop you’ll read engaging university-level materials and write responses to them. You’ll learn how to organize, develop and refine your writing, and how to create your own academic voice. We welcome students who are eager to dive into a rich college-like writing experience.

>> Click here to register and pay by credit card or e-check.

Writing the College Personal Application Essay

July 21 - 25, 2014, 9:00AM - 1:00PM
grade 12 — $400
Instructors: Jennifer Pust
Hello soon-to-be twelfth grader! Are you thinking about that personal statement your colleges of choice are asking you to write? Perfect timing— but don’t wait too long! Get started this summer. In this workshop, you’ll try your hand at a variety of application topics, explore the role of style (not just what you say but how you say it), and analyze sample personal statements. You’ll draft, share, revise, edit. After the week-long session, you’ll have two months to choose your colleges, find out what their essay topics are, and begin to write. Our October follow-up sessions will be 45-minute one-on-one conferences.

>> Click here to register and pay by credit card or e-check.

For Students Entering Transitional Kindergarten - 6th Grade

UCLA Young Scholars Summer Program 2014


JULY 7-25, 2014

Nora Sterry Elementary School

Registration is open!
Click here for more information.

The Young Scholars Program, in collaboration with UCLA Lab School, will engage students in hands-on learning that promotes critical thinking, academic enrichment and social development. Most important, they will have fun!

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