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A 5 diff write instruct
A 5 diff write instruct
A 5 diff write instruct
A 5 diff write instruct
A 5 diff write instruct
A 5 diff write instruct
A 5 diff write instruct
A 5 diff write instruct
A 5 diff write instruct
A 5 diff write instruct
A 5 diff write instruct
A 5 diff write instruct
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A 5 diff write instruct

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  • 1. Writing Instruction Made Tangible a(Gr. 6-12) KatherineMcKnight, Ph.D. Email: Katie@KatherineMcKnight.com
  • 2. Writing Beliefs  Above Everything Else— WRITING IS COMMUNICATION  Writing is not DRILL & KILL Worksheets  Writing is not practicing isolated skills  Writing is not mindless writing exercises  Writing is not all about assessment  Writing is not formulas  WRITING IS COMMUNICATION
  • 3. Writing Beliefs  Writing may stem from and is intimately related to:  Thinking  Reading  Speaking  But—Writing is none of these things.  Written Communication is not spoken language transferred to print.  We cannot “Write it like you say it!”
  • 4. Making Writing Tangible  Incorporating multiple intelligences in mini lessons.  Using and developing strategic writing activities that employ multiple intelligences
  • 5. Mini Lesson Development  Let’s look at the Mini Lesson  Determine Content Need  Keep Them Short  Make Them Simple  Engage Students and Provide for Interaction  Provide Practice Time  Consider, “What’s Next?”  Evaluate
  • 6. Sample Mini Lessons Lessons for Focus and Organization Don’t Spill the topics Sweet Organization
  • 7. Sample Mini Lessons  Lessons for Sentence Structure, Punctuation and Grammar  Nouns and Verbs  Postcards from the Past  Crushing Contractions
  • 8. Kinesthetic Writing Exercises  Based on Improvisation Games (Spolin, 1999) One Word Story Beginning-Middle-End Situation-Problem-Solution Pearls on a String
  • 9. Reflections  What did I learn about writing?  Why is what I learned important  To ME?  To my STUDENTS?  How will I incorporate what I have learned into my teaching?
  • 10. How to Reach Me  Email: katie@katherinemcknight.com  Website: katherinemcknight.com  Twitter: @literacyworld  Facebook: Katie Siewert McKnight Literacy
  • 11. If you liked this session, consider booking a full day of training in one of the following areas: Visit us at the SDE Professional Development booth to learn more!

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