Fostering the Reading and Writing Connection


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Fostering the Reading and Writing Connection in Middle School Language Arts

How can you encourage students to read, write and like it? How can you tap into the literature that they like and the writing that they do to encourage student engagement? If you have ever asked either of these questions, then this session is for you! Come learn about strategies and tools to use to help students see the connection and enjoyment in reading and writing.
Rebecca McKnight
The Academy at Lincoln - Greensboro, NC

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Fostering the Reading and Writing Connection

  1. 1. Rebecca McKnight6th grade Language Arts Teacher The Academy at Lincoln, Greensboro, NC March 6, 2012
  2. 2. When we are done, we will …..  Answer our essential questions  Generate a list of adolescent literature for our students to read  Participate in some activities to help foster the reading/writing connection
  3. 3. Agenda Introduction Goals for the session Define Reading and WritingActivities to foster connectionsQuestions, comments, concerns
  4. 4. Info about me… I love to read! I have a master’s degree in Education from UNCG and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary This will be my 15th year in Guilford County. I have taught at several middle schools including the Academy at Lincoln. I have worked as a school-based Curriculum Facilitator and as a Curriculum Specialist for the school system. I am teaching, now, because I love to work with students.
  5. 5. Session Objectives (Essential Questions)• How can we get students to see the connections between what they read and what they write?• How important is student choice in the reading/writing process?• What tools can be used to encourage students to read and write?
  6. 6. Common CoreStandards
  7. 7. What is the value of fostering theconnection between Reading and Writing in middle school?• Improved retention of • Stimulate creativity information • Increase student• Deepen Understanding responsibility for learning• Application of current • Meet developmental needs research • Resolve management issues• Build community • Renew enthusiasm for teaching• Create equity
  8. 8. Education is thelighting of a fire, not the filling of a bucket. William Butler Yeats
  9. 9. Where do the prompts that my How do I acceptstudents write about student writing? come from? Questions to think about ……How do I model how What are my favorite I want students to texts to use? Why do read and write for I love them? me?
  10. 10. • Blogs• Texts• Formal vs. Informal Writing• Facebook and Social Media• Web 2.0 tools like: – Storify --Animoto – Glogster --Dvolver• E-mail• Movie Maker• Journals/Daybooks
  11. 11. Reading Strategies BrainstormPlacemat: Reading Strategies BrainstormWhat types of strategies and materials do you use toteach reading to students in your classroom?
  12. 12. Literacy Skills• Setting a purpose for reading• Finding the main idea and supporting details• Summarizing/paraphrasing• Developing vocabulary• Activating prior knowledge• Recognizing the author’s point of view• Making predictions
  13. 13. Literacy Skills continued….• Recognizing text structures• Using text features to connect with and guide through the reading• Making inferences• Questioning what you read• Visualizing what you read• Making connections
  14. 14. Reading Strategiesshould lead to writing. Writing strategies should encouragefurther reading.
  15. 15. What are 3 things that the brain needs to learn and retain information?Ritual Novelty Challenge
  16. 16. ReadingResponse Cards & Connections Charts
  17. 17. Literature Circles/Book Clubs• What are they?• How do you organize them?• What is their value in use of informational text?• Resources for organizing your own• Book Club resources – erature_circles/: Samples of role sheets and forms – Some additional information and forms – Role sheets
  18. 18. It is the supremeart of the teacher to awaken joy increative expression and knowledge.” Albert Einstein
  19. 19. • Battle of the Books list• Journals and magazines• Young Adult Literature• Poetry books• Picture books• Professional resources• Short Stories• Basal readers• Internet• Picture Books
  20. 20. Scranimal Activity Use mentor text to teach poetry elementsWrite your Develop own vocabulary Make Imagery connections
  21. 21. Technology• Web 2.0 tools like….. – Wordle – Glogster – Wallwisher (pre-writing ideas) – Dvolver – Tagxedo – Google docs – Gaggle – Animoto – Wobooks• Blogs• E-mail
  22. 22. Dvolver Summaries – -623246 – -623243 – -623221
  23. 23. Choice
  24. 24. Real World Writing Purposes: Adapted from Write Like This by Kelly Gallagher Purpose Possible Reading Possible Writing selections TopicsTopic Express and Reflect Inform and Explain Evaluate and Judge Inquire and Explore Analyze and Interpret Take a Stand/Propose a solution
  25. 25. • Conversations• Student Surveys• Blog writing• What are they bringing to class to read?• Formal & Informal Reading and Writing workshops
  26. 26. 3-D Graphic OrganizersCan be used to ……… Brainstorm ideas for writing Plan and organize ideas for writing Organize vocabulary Share student analysis of text Share student reflections Make comparisons Visually display critical thinking
  27. 27. How can 3-D graphic organizers help to engage writers and readers in my writing instruction? • Hands-on way to manipulate and organize information • Allows and encourages creativity • Help spatial learners make connections • Small enough to fit into daybooks or writing/reading journals • They are fun!
  28. 28. Middle SchoolReading/WritingTeacher’s Pledge
  29. 29. Resources for strategies and ideas • Teaching Blogs – The Organized Classroom – Secondary Solutions – Laura Candler – Teaching Blog Addict • Websites • Colleagues • Professional Resources
  30. 30. Questions, Comments, Concerns
  31. 31. Ticket out the Door Please fill out 3-2-1session TOD and give itto me before you leave. Thanks for coming
  32. 32. Contact me at OrOn my cell [(336) 420-6205
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