This will be my life for the entire month of June, and my blog posts will probably reflect it!!! Of course, I’m already 1 day behind in blogging about it….. 🙂
If you want to learn more about The National Writing Project and the forces behind it you can visit the website of The National Writing Project.
I’m going to TRY to blog a little about each of the 16 days of this FANTASTIC writing project!! So here’s a little from Day 1:
A lot of this 1st day was basic information about the project itself and the requirements.
1. Four major writings with revisions- 2 of these are free choice and the other 2 have to focus on teaching-response groups will collaborate and help with revisions of rough drafts
2. Daily Journals- Each morning someone will present a journal entry from the day before-I have to do this only 3 times
3. Professional Reading-Annotated bibliography of at least 8 sources 🙂
4. Teacher Demonstrations- Responsible for 1 teacher demonstration-Each participant will have to teach a 75-90 minute lesson-WOW!
5. Response to Teacher Demonstrations-Brief writings after each demonstration
6. Read and discuss 2 required texts
7. Round table discussions on hot topics that we vote on
Also, this week the university is conducting their CORE Academy Workshops so we are attending 3 of these.
WHEW!!!! Does that make your head spin like mine? 🙂 But in a good way!!
On day 1 we wrote a poem-“I Am a Rock Star”. You can find a model at Read Write Think-even though I couldn’t find it. 🙂
Here’s the one I wrote:
We checked out the books we want to read and write about. Here’s what I checked out!! Love.To.Read.
Words, Words, Words by Janet Allen
Breathe In, Breathe Out by Ralph Fletcher
Side by Side: Essays on Teaching to Learn by Nancie Atwell
Everday Editing by Jeff Anderson
Writing About Reading by Janet Angelillo
Teaching Middle School Writers by Laura Robb
When Kids Can’t Read by Kylene Beers
One of our instructors did a teacher demonstration on imagery using Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher poem.
1. He had us draw a picture of what death meant to us, then we shared
2. Read the poem
3. Highlighted the words that brought vivid images to mind
4. Found 15 pictures on the internet to show meaning of words
5. Created a video in Animoto using those 15 images
It was an AWESOME day just full of awesomeness! 🙂
Stay tuned for Day 2.