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Hudson Valley Writing Project

Saturday Seminars

WRITING INSTRUCTION THAT WORKS

Saturday, February 3, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
SUNY New Paltz
Multi-Purpose Room, Student Union Building

 

Join HVWP for a set of Saturday morning roundtables and learn innovative strategies that HVWP teachers use to strengthen writing and community in their classrooms.

SESSION ONE (choose one)

COLLABORATIVE NARRATIVE
Anita Merando, Randolph School
Explore what happens when emergent and beginning writers contribute ideas to an evolving narrative while illustrating a shared mural. (P-2) 

GAINING HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Dawn Vandervloed, Washingtonville High School
How can writing help students develop historical thinking? Using narrative prompts, we will write letters that highlight the unique perspective of an individual, a time period, and a specific audience or writer. (2-8)

BECOMING A CRITIC
Ian McCartney, Wappingers Junior High School
Thinking of including more real-world writing into your classroom? We will explore an easy way to use writing to elicit critical thought and voice, while honoring student interest and choice. (6-12)

LET’S TALK ABOUT PHONES
Jacqueline Denu, SUNY New Paltz
We will discuss the impact of phones on our classrooms and our lives as we try a writing strategy that supports close reading and critical thought, helping students to share and develop different points of view. (6-College)


SESSION TWO (choose one)

CREATING WONDER
Rebecca Quackenbush, Chester Elementary School
We’ll explore how writing can create and nurture that sense of wonder in the elementary classroom that is so integral to meaningful and lasting learning. (P-3)

USING CO-CREATED RUBRICS FOR SELF-ASSESSMENT
Toni Kozlowski, Valley Central Middle School
Come see what happens to students' investment in their work when teachers and students work together to create a rubric for writing. (4-12)

WRITING FROM A DISTANCE
Vince Fino, Valley Central Middle School
Does researching refugee groups, and subsequently writing a narrative from their perspective, instill empathy in our students? We'll discuss and explore the generative powers of writing historical fiction. (6-12)

USING A PHENOMENA TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN WRITING IN AN INTEGRATED SCIENCE CLASSROOM
Lauren Ott, Todd Middle School
Together we will think about how introducing students to a real world phenomena and inviting them to work together to solve a problem can impact their engagement in scientific writing. (6-12)


SESSION THREE (choose one)

USING GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS TO DEEPEN COMPREHENSION
Jessica Bell, South Middle School
We will write, discuss, and explore what happens to students’ understanding of content-specific material when learning is supported by targeted graphic organizers at the elementary level. (K-2)

CREATING STUDENT CHOICE AND BUILDING CONTEXT
Julia Ponder, Bailey Middle School
Try out a new strategy to inspire student work through choice. Participants will explore a fun and adaptable method to bring more student choice into classrooms of varying disciplines and ages. (K-12)

PURPOSEFUL REVISION
Ken Walshak, Dover Middle School
How can revision be less daunting and more purposeful? This workshop explores a strategy for increasing students’ metacognitive awareness during the writing process and fostering authentic revision. (5-12)

TEACHING TRANSITIONS FOR ELL WRITING
Melinda Martinez, Newburgh Free Academy North
We’ll look at how transitions function in writing, considering how and why English language learners may benefit from explicit instruction. (4-12)


The Seminar will take place from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at SUNY New Paltz, in the Multi-Purpose Room on the 2nd Floor of the Student Union Building. See campus map.


The Hudson Valley Writing Project is a NYSED-approved sponsor of CTLE. Certificates documenting 3 inservice hours will be available.

Register today to reserve your spot!

For more information, contact: hvwp@newpaltz.edu / 845-257-2811