Summer Literacy and Mathematics Professional Learning
June 5-9, 2017
Day 2: Making the Most of Conferring in Writing Workshop
Lisa Eickholdt (@LisaEickholdt)
The Writing Strategies Book- Jennifer Serravallo
Slide Presentation- Launch Unit Generating Ideas
The heart of teaching is during the conference
YOU ARE THE BOSS OF YOUR OWN WRITING!
- I notice you…I see you’re the kind of writer who…
- That’s important because….
- Every time you write you can…and it will…
“What are you working on as a writer?” What have you learned in mini-lessons that you’re working on as a writer? Goal- follow the child’s lead!
When you’re done, you’ve just begun!
Use mentor texts and anchor charts so that your teaching will STICK! A compliment conference will validate their use of the teaching point.
Writing Pathways has all of the grade level writing samples. Copy them and put them in student writing folders. Spend 3 days immersing in the genre before you teach.
Open Genre Unit? Allow the kids to choose their own genre of writing for a few weeks. Ralph Fletcher- Joy Write
Idea Generating Strategies are great launch units at the beginning of the year
Resources for Anchor Charts
Writing Conference with Harold and Amanda
Providing and then Withholding Scaffolding to Support one Child’s Early Understanding of Narrative Structure (K-2) from TC Reading and Writing Project on Vimeo.
Typically confer with 4 students per session
Teaching Moves During a Conference
Craft- how do you make your writing more interesting?
Goals and Habits
Pg 30- Learning From Classmates- Eickholdt
Writing is like a cupcake…Frosting & sprinkles are craft and convention but meaning, structure, and elaboration is the cupcake
Touch and write across the pages…oral rehearsal is key
Step 1: Immersion (study the genre that you’ll be teaching, think, plan, sketch and label, write, reread and revise, reread and edit)- use mentor texts from old students
Before revision, vision!
Stop being a hunter of errors and look for the beauty of the content!
Carl Anderson- Assessing Writers
Don’t write the watermelon, write the seed- Calkins
- Narrow the Timespan- seed- slice of time
- Angling Writing- so what? Why are you writing this?- each page has an angle about one focus…My Sister is a Daredevil, My Brother is my Best Friend
- Inside Story- tell me what you’re thinking and feeling/Flash forward and Flash back
- Exploding Moment- the most volume of writing should be about the focus
- Add in Talking, Thinking, and Specific Body Actions- bring character to life by making them talk
Structure and Organization
- Excluding extraneous events (impacts focus)
- Including important events (impacts elaboration)
Timelines- Action and Reaction
Break writing into paragraphs using PATS:
Express Lane Editing– Video (Jeff Anderson)
Video Resources on Conferring
Conference with Joshua (from Mark Overmeyer: How Can I Support You?)
A Writing Conference: Teaching a Student to Write for Audience (3-5)
Assessment-Based Conferring to Raise the Level of Narrative Writing (3-5)
Conference with Bella (from Patrick Allen: What Are You Thinking? Conferring in Reader’s Workshop)
Research-Decide-Teach conference Reading