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Launching Writers Workshop

June 24

elementary students
A writing workshop for new and veteran elementary teachers

June 24 – 28, 2019 8:45 am – 3:30 pm

UCLA Community School, RFK Campus
700 S Mariposa Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Workshop Co-facilitators
Danielle Howard-Meeks & Susan Courtney

elementary studentsIt’s all the buzz! And it should be. Writing Workshop, the kind that draws on the work of Lucy Calkins and Nancie Atwell, is such a promising way to propel students’ writing abilities. Are you wondering how to initiate a successful practice from Day 1, the “launch,” and set the foundation for a year of enthusiastic student writing?

Dust off your notebook, and join us for a week-long journey. For five “packed” days, we’ll immerse ourselves in the nitty-gritty of “how to….” How to begin by helping students generate topics important to them, how to construct “mini-lessons” that are brief, pointed and powerful, how to respond to writers, and how to incorporate mentor texts into your teaching of writing. We will dabble in publishing and celebration options, too!

Sometimes wearing your teacher hat, other times assuming the role of student, you’ll experience what it feels like to be a writer in a workshop classroom, with choice of topics, developing your own ideas and carrying a piece through all stages of the writing process. We will share drafts and receive positive and useful response.

Through a hands-on and collaborative approach, participants will:

  • experience key rituals and routines of Writer’s Workshop
  • learn to craft mini-lessons that teach craft, revision, conventions—and more
  • draft pieces that may serve as teaching tools for mini-lessons
  • dig into touchstone texts as exemplars for craft lessons
  • differentiate for English learners, gifted, and students with IEPs
  • make relevant connections to the Common Core State Standards

Not only will you leave the workshop with a wealth of writing strategies and resources, you’ll boost your own identity as a writer as well!

Fee – $450

May be eligible for LAUSD PD hours