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  1. “The Power of Choice in the Writer’s Workshop” Amie Pincumbe Lakeview Community Schools Email:pincumbea@lakeviewschools.net Lake Michigan Writing Project 2011

  2. Price of a pen… $1.00 Price of a pad of paper… $2.00 The “power of choice” to write what one wants…Priceless

  3. Today’s Agenda 11:00-11:10 am 11:10-11:20 am 11:20-11:40am Group Anticipatory Set:“I have to write about what…?” “Why Won’t My Kids Write?” – Description of problem within my Writer’s Workshop “Let’s Go Shopping for Stories!” Choosing a topic to write a personal narrative Share Time/ Wrap up with questions Prompting Choice in Narrative Writing Strategies used to generate topics to write 11:40-12:00 am 12:00-12:15 pm

  4. * Why Won’t My Students Write?”

  5. Classroom Observations • Students having a hard time getting started • Head down on desk • Students writing a few sentences and then were finished • Doodling in Writer’s Notebook • Moaning about writing time • No matter how creative I thought my lessons were they still were not producing quality samples

  6. In order for children… “In order for children to learn to write and to grow as writers, it is absolutely essential that they are invested in their writing and they care about writing well.” Lucy Calkins “

  7. How Can I Get my Students to Write ?

  8. Research Used: Lucy Calkins- Units of Study Writer’s Workshop Ralph Fletcher “Teaching the Qualities of Writing” • A content placeholder. Use for text, graphics, tables and graphs. You can change this text or delete it. • Here is a placeholder for more text. You may delete this text • Here is a placeholder for more text. You may delete this text

  9. “When children have opportunity and responsibility to choose their own subjects they are not only much more apt to be invested in their writing, they are also much more apt to be knowledgeable about their topics.” Lucy Calkins

  10. Prompting Choice in Narrative Writing

  11. “The Concept of student choice is believing that the best , truest topics lie deep within each of us.” Ralph Fletcher

  12. Strategies to Generate Personal Narrative Topics: • “My Treasure Map of Stories” • My Authority List/ All About Me • My Writer’s Notebook • Shoebox of Stories Yet to be told

  13. “My Treasure Map of Stories” • Think of a place where you have a lot of memories about or stories you could tell • Draw a sketch of that place • Then place a “X” on your sketch where a memory happened that you could tell or write about • Let’s give it a try!

  14. “My Authority List”/”All About Me” • Take a few minutes and label • a sheet of paper “My Authority • List” • Then list all of the things you • know a lot about • OR • Draw a picture of yourself • Then write words or short • phrases about things you know • a lot about • Choose one of the strategies a • and give it a try!

  15. My Writer’s Notebook

  16. Shoebox of Stories Yet to Be Told

  17. Let’s Write! • First choose a a topic from either your treasure map, Authority List or your All Abort Me page • Circle it • Then begin to write your personal narrative story • You will have about 10 minutes

  18. Timeline to Teach Strategies for Narrative Writing: Timeline to Teach Strategies for Narrative Writing This chart utilizes Smart Art which is feature in PowerPoint 2007. If you wish to make charts like this and don’t have PPT 2007, we have provided the graphical elements to help you build this yourself. Here is the description of the chart. You may change or delete this text as you wish. Here is a placeholder for more text and description of the chart. Changing this text will not interfere with the formatting of this template.

  19. Share Time • Turn to a person sitting next to you • First, describe what strategy you choose to use • Then, read your personal narrative piece

  20. Wrap Up • Important Things to Remember: • Giving students the choice in what they write is powerful! • Teach students the strategies to help them develop topics to write about • Personal Narrative Strategies: • “My Treasure Map of Stories” • “My Authority List”/ “All About Me” • Writer’s Notebook • My Shoebox of Stories Yet to be Told

  21. “ You only learn to write better by actually writing.”Doris LessingIf you want to get your students to “actually write”simply give them the power of choice.”

  22. References