Real Reasons to Write
Building Learning Communities, July 2010
The “New Literacies”
Practices Toolkit


✤   Authentic Audience

✤   Multimodal Composing

✤   Interest Driven Participati...
Film, re-mix, podcast, blog, publish

Comment, post, collaborate

    Mash, link, media “clipping”

     Playing, uploadin...
Writing “Non-Negotiables”
   Development of a unique, strong voice.
   Concise, packed, lively writing (strong, forceful l...
How do we get there?
Deal with students’ emotions surrounding writing
Frequent writing opportunities paired with timely fe...
“Learning to read and write is not
learning how texts stick together but
how people stick together through
literate means....
Digital Story Videos Here (see wiki)
What is a memoir?
                         Retrospection
 “Slice of Life” Story
                           Reflection

    ...
Steps of “Construction”
    • Prewriting (i.e., “What do I have to say?)

    • Artifact Search

    • Storyboard Developm...
Knowledge Transforming Writing
What is next?
Real Reasons to Write - BLC 2010
Real Reasons to Write - BLC 2010
Real Reasons to Write - BLC 2010
Real Reasons to Write - BLC 2010
Real Reasons to Write - BLC 2010
Real Reasons to Write - BLC 2010
Real Reasons to Write - BLC 2010
Real Reasons to Write - BLC 2010
Real Reasons to Write - BLC 2010
Real Reasons to Write - BLC 2010
Real Reasons to Write - BLC 2010
Real Reasons to Write - BLC 2010
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  • Social learners become privileged in a world of rapidly changing new literacies.

    Independent writers.
    Flexible writers.
    Fluid writers.
    Engaged writers.












  • Real Reasons to Write - BLC 2010

    1. 1. Real Reasons to Write Building Learning Communities, July 2010
    2. 2. The “New Literacies” Practices Toolkit ✤ Authentic Audience ✤ Multimodal Composing ✤ Interest Driven Participation ✤ “Clickable Footprint” (putting knowledge to work through digital artifacts)
    3. 3. Film, re-mix, podcast, blog, publish Comment, post, collaborate Mash, link, media “clipping” Playing, uploading, sharing Tag, annotate, tweet, subscribe Favorite, bookmark, highlight
    4. 4. Writing “Non-Negotiables” Development of a unique, strong voice. Concise, packed, lively writing (strong, forceful language) Authority and Confidence Immediate and specific examples and details Organization REAL WRITING FOR REAL AUDIENCES (purposeful, authentic instructional contexts)
    5. 5. How do we get there? Deal with students’ emotions surrounding writing Frequent writing opportunities paired with timely feedback Model and teach self-regulation Develop a strong class “community of writers Exercise students’ writing vocabularies
    6. 6. “Learning to read and write is not learning how texts stick together but how people stick together through literate means.” - Brandt, 42, 1990.
    7. 7. Digital Story Videos Here (see wiki)
    8. 8. What is a memoir? Retrospection “Slice of Life” Story Reflection Reflects what they Student writers mirror see. themselves. “Creating” themselves.
    9. 9. Steps of “Construction” • Prewriting (i.e., “What do I have to say?) • Artifact Search • Storyboard Development • Script Sharing Circle • Script Revision • Construction • Screening, Viewing, and Discussion
    10. 10. Knowledge Transforming Writing
    11. 11. What is next?

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