Here are some titles that were presented...have not read them YET but plan on reading them NEXT.
|Text as a teacher...|
A River of Words
|Biography with a real journal|
The Extrordinary Mark Twain:
According to Susy
|Words Set Me Free: The Story|
of Young Frederick Douglas
Lucy Calkins ended the conference with a session on Opinion Writing and the Common Core. She reminded me of two thoughts that we should keep with us as we are teaching the writer, then the writing. My personal thoughts are in red.
1. Kids learn to write...by writing. Students need a predictable structure in their day to write after explicit instruction (mini-lessons)...time to work on the craft and mechanics of writing.
2. What is the promise of writing in your building? How does the foundation my students experience this year carry over to the next year? Students need explicit units of study on opinion/argumentative, informational, and narrative writing.