National Writing Project Midwest Conference

The 2021 Conference is hosted by the Red River Valley Writing Project at NDSU and the keynote speaker is Cornelius Minor, author of We Got This! Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be. Writing Project teacher-leaders will be leading a variety of breakout sessions on the teaching of writing. Open to teachers from K-college of any subject area. Connect with other teachers in the Midwest region. Plan to write during this conference–we believe that to be a good teacher of writing, we should write!

Creating Winter Stories in Pictures and Words

This workshop is a continuation of the Time of Day and Weather. Prior participation in Time of Day and Weather is required.
This two-day, remote workshop series will introduce the Picturing Writing Winter Story Unit of Study. Using quality picture books as mentor texts and simple crayon resist-based art techniques, this unit of study teaches narrative writing in a way that is concrete and engaging. Participants will learn a variety of simple art techniques for creating snow and ice. They will also learn how to use quality literature and storyboards to help students develop a solid storyline that addresses all the key elements of a good story in both pictures and words, how to frontload key vocabulary, and how to use the accordion folder as an instructional tool. Participants will experience how to make their pictures come alive through the use of “silver dollar words.” Facilitated using an Artists/Writers Workshop model, this narrative unit can be easily integrated across the curriculum. Participants will meet virtually from 8:00am – 12:00pm, June 17-18.
Taking the introductory Picturing Writing workshop is recommended prior to taking this workshop.

Red River Valley Writing Project: Summer Institute

The RRVWP Summer Institute offers participants a place to read and discuss ideas about teaching writing and using writing to teach—plus time to write. Teachers also share best teaching practices through hands-on teaching demonstrations and explore the teaching of writing by writing. Readings cover best practices for digital learning tools, how to align K-12 teaching with writing for college, and resources from the National Writing Project’s C3WP (College, Career, Community Writing Program). The Summer Institute is led by Ben Melby (Senior Lecturer, NDSU) and Angela Hase (High School Teacher, Moorhead Public Schools), with a guest teaching demo by Troy Hicks (Professor of English, Central Michigan University and Director of the Chippewa River Writing Project).

Introduction to Picturing Writing – Time of Day and Weather

Through experiential learning, this remote workshop will introduce Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art, an innovative, evidence-based approach to literacy learning that uses quality picture books and simple crayon resist-based art techniques to teach the art of writing. This unique multimodal approach has demonstrated its ability to engage a wide range of learners. Facilitated using an Artists/Writers Workshop model, Picturing Writing can be easily integrated across the curriculum and aligned with grade-level English Language Arts and Science Standards. While this introductory workshop will focus on patterns and cycles in the sky, changing seasons, and weather, these art-based writing methods can be applied to many areas of the curriculum. During this hands-on workshop, participants will experience this innovative process for themselves as they learn how to transform their diverse learners into strong writers and enthusiastic readers. The writing genres addressed in this workshop series will include descriptive writing, poetry, reflective/opinion writing, and new to this introductory workshop: informational text. Teachers will also be shown examples of a variety of integrated curriculum units of study created using the Artists/Writers Workshop model. This three day (June 14-16), virtual workshop will start each day at 8:00am ending at 12:00pm. First time participants receive a box of instructional materials valued at $220. Past
participants may take this workshop as a “refresher” at the reduced rate of $20.
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