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Powering Up the Writer’s Workshop

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  1. Powering Up the Writer’s Workshop Prewriting/Planning This program is supported by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education under the Title II, Part D of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB)--Enhancing Education through Technology to the Colorado Department of Education.

  2. Answer the question: why prewrite/plan? • Teachers will be able to use a variety of prewriting and planning strategies. • Teachers will be able to share with their students a variety of prewriting and planning strategies. Outcomes:

  3. 4:00-4:15: Find seats, reconnect. • 4:15-5:35: Prewriting/Planning strategies • 5:35-6:00: Connect with the Instructional Technology Team—classroom reinforcement planning, baseline survey administration, next steps… Agenda:

  4. Nancy Atwell, In the Middle • “Throwing up ideas” • Lucy Calkins, Launching the Writing Workshop. • Seed ideas • Listing ideas • “Making a movie in my head” • Timelining Why prewrite/plan?

  5. http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/ • http://www.edhelper.com/teachers/graphic_organizers.htm?gclid=CLysyeL-5IcCFQtBUAodtnXZgg • How to download Pre-built Graphic Organizers

  6. Save the file to your computer. • Open the file with the PDF Reader. Use the capture tool (it looks like a camera) • Open your document. • Paste the picture into your document. • Now, make text boxes as overlays in the relevant areas. Save the document and now you have your own interactive graphic organizers. To make prebuilt graphic organizers interactive

  7. http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/graphic_org/ • http://www.readwritethink.org/student_mat/index.asp Online Generators

  8. Self-Generated: View>Tool Bars> Drawing • Use color coding with fill • Tools: Shift Click to Group Items • Right click to get the Caption button • Callouts: They put the text box right into the bubble. • Peer review of the writer’s plan? • Recent data on laptops—less collaboration. Self-Generated “Sketches”

  9. Formats: • Lists—make parallel • Thesis—main idea and support Structures

  10. Compare and contrast— Timeline— Structures

  11. Process analysis— Main idea with supporting details— Structures

  12. Creating an audio file: Home>Play>Sound Recording • Then, record your writer's plan, save the file with File> Save Buffer as (remember where you put it!). • Hyperlink: Highlight a word or group of words. • Select Insert>Hyperlink>Document>Browse the pathway (this is like adding an attachment to an email) select the audio file>Click OK>Click Apply. Presto! Podcasting for Prewriting

  13. Podcasting for Prewriting

  14. Using a Sticky Note to record R.A.F.T. (Role, Audience, Format, and Topic) • For a great list of R.A.F.T. ideas, see: http://www.greece.k12.ny.us/instruction/ELA/6-12/Reading/Reading%20Strategies/RAFT.htm • How to use: Go to Home > Work> Notes. Sticky notes

  15. Other ideas: • Mini-lesson reminders • Success criteria • Rubric guideline Sticky notes

  16. Accountability—kids actually use the prewrite/plan • Match structure to genre • Teach how to plan • Collect words • Plans can/should be revised • Emphasize that prewrites/plans organize drafts “Look for’s”

  17. Connect with the Instructional Technology Specialist • Plan classroom experience on prewriting/planning • Process with your team and your sister school • Next session—making that prewrite/plan pay off—dynamic drafting. Next Steps