Digital Reading Writing Workshop in Middle School


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This is a presentation three teachers put together reflecting on their work developing a Digital Reading Writing Workshop in middle school classrooms.

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Digital Reading Writing Workshop in Middle School

  1. 1. Digital Reading and Writing Workshop How do we use technology to increase students’ skills, interests, and interactions?
  2. 2. Wikis • Increase in amount of writing • Increase in revising and editing • Increase in collaboration • Increase in student-student feedback
  3. 3. Wikis: Increased revision and editing
  4. 4. Wikis: Increased revision and editing
  5. 5. Wikis: Revising Student revisions from draft three to draft six– enhanced transitions and language.
  6. 6. Wikis: Revising Added transitions during the writing process.
  7. 7. Wikis: Editing Student editing work between drafts.
  8. 8. Wikis: Collaboration Three students collaborate on a single essay
  9. 9. Wikis: Collaboration Two students collaborate on a single essay
  10. 10. Wiki: Student-Student Feedback 6th grade wiki. These are comments in response to a fellow student’s narrative essay.
  11. 11. Wiki: Increase in quantity of writing STUDENT 1 (8th Grade) This is a sample essay from the beginning of the school year. The following screen shot from his wiki will display the growth in quantity that this student experienced throughout the year.
  12. 12. Wiki: Increase in quantity of writing Student 1 (8th grader): Here is a sample of an essay that the same student created two months later. His volume of writing greatly increased.
  13. 13. Wikis: Increase in quantity of writing
  14. 14. Blogs and Discussion Boards • Increase critical and analytical skills • Increase student-student discourse • Increase student participation
  15. 15. Discussion Board Increase Participation • The total posts for this class was 100. Only 16 students were actually present this day. (Post)
  16. 16. Discussion Board: Student-Student Discourse Student Reply to the Parent Post: “I definitely think your theme was a very good answer! I do have one question though. How do you know that is the theme of the story?”
  17. 17. Blog: Analytical skills and student-student discourse • Student blog and blog response on the ending in The Giver.
  18. 18. Journal Feature • Allows a private setting for student work • Allows teacher to differentiate level of questions about text • Provides a space to free write and gain stamina
  19. 19. Journal Differentiation in questions Teacher posing a specific question to a student on the journal feature.
  20. 20. Journal Improving writing stamina A student self-reflection- written in 30 minutes.