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Writing in the Middle Workshop (7th & 8th Grade Students)
July 6 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
July 6 – 17, 2020
9:00AM – 12:00PM
Writing in the Middle is designed for middle school students who have lots of energy, opinions and questions. During these two weeks we’ll focus on writing in a variety of genres—personal narratives, writing based on sources, essays with attitude and poetry. We’ll play with voice and style, and everyone will benefit from plenty of choice within a collaborative writing workshop structure. We invite you to join us for two weeks of reading, talking, drafting, writing—and more writing!
Taiesha Fowler is a National Board Certified Teacher who has taught elementary and middle schoolers for the past twenty years. Her expertise also includes fully integrating technology to raise student interest and to leverage achievement. Ms. Fowler is a published writer herself, and it is her passion for writing that gives her insight into how to best teach young writers. She earned her Masters of Professional Writing at the University of Southern California.
Marlene Carter is Co-Director of Professional Development for the UCLA Writing Project. Before retiring from LAUSD, she taught English at Dorsey High School Math, Science and Technology Magnet. Marlene also leads our Improving Student Writing team. She has published articles about the teaching of writing and provides professional development for teachers in the Los Angeles area. As a 9th grade teacher, Marlene helped students make the transition from middle school to high school writing. She believes that writing should be joyful and that all students can grow as writers.
Jemila Pratt is an English and Ancient & Medieval History teacher at Marina del Rey Middle School with 19 years of experience as a middle school teacher. She enjoys engaging with her students through writing and lively discussions. Her experiences as a child of immigrant parents of Sierra Leone have allowed her to genuinely connect with students with similar backgrounds. Jemila uses writing, music, technology, and film to bring life to her lessons and prepare her students to achieve their academic goals.