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  1. 1. F A L L 2 0 1 2 COASTAL SAVANNAH WRIITIING PROJECT’S O ASTAL AVANNAH R T NG RO JECT S L IT E R A C Y L E T T E R S www.cswp.armstrong.edu CSWP HOLDS FALL LITERACY CONFERENCE CSWP FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/coastalsavwpAs teachers begin their new school year, we all are looking for newliteracy strategies to help students become stronger readers and writers. Become a FANThe Coastal Savannah Writing Project, hosted by Armstrong AtlanticState University, is dedicated to helping primary, middle, and secondary CSWP’s Facebook page sharesschool teachers and administrators build student success in literacy by • podcasts and articles onoffering professional development opportunities. reading and writing strategiesOn October 1, CSWP held its second annual Leap into Literacy • student writing contestsconference for K-16 educators. Participants came from Savannah-Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, Effingham, Glynn, Beaufort, and Jasper • comments and discussionscounties. Our guest speaker was Dr. Bryan Marshall. co-author of Songs of about writing and readingFreedom, an award winning multi-media project for students about the strategies implemented byUnderground Railroad. The project consists of a picture book, video, and local teacherssongs written and performed by hip-hip musicians. Dr. Marshall spoke on • support for literacythe topic of using multi-media, multi-genre reading and writing projects toreach our 21st century learners. He also shared extensive narrative writing instruction in K-12strategies and ideas for all teachers to take back to their classrooms. classrooms • photographs of SummerAfter a B&N book sale and author book signing, CSWP Fellows from the Institutes, writing marathons,2011 Summer Writing Institute presented twelve one-hour reading and workshops, and conferenceswriting strategy workshops in two Breakout Sessions, giving participants a • upcoming events andtotal of three hours of professional development. As one participant wrote, information on workshops“It was a morning well spent.”Save the Date! Super Strategy Saturday Super Strategy Saturday: November 12, 2011 December 3, 2011 Using SCRATCH to Create Strong Sentences as Building and Share Interactive Stories Blocks for Writing with Julie Warner with Donna Loyd
  2. 2. THE LOREM IPSUMSCoastal Savannah Writing Project @ Armstrong Atlantic FALL 2012 NOVEMBER SUPER STRATEGY SATURDAY WORKSHOP TECHNOLOGY & WRITING: Using SCRATCH to Create and Share Interactive Stories Facilitated by Julie Warner, CSWP Technology Director Saturday, November 12; 9:00am to Noon@ University Hall Room TBA REGISTRATION FORM is available on CSWP Facebook and the CSWP Website WORKSHOPS page. Registrations must be received by November 4. Scratch is a free educational programming tool that can be used to create and share virtual stories integrating visual images, animation, and sound to engage even reluctant writers! Developed for use by 6 to 16-year-olds, elementary, middle, and high school teachers can use Scratch as a tool in their classrooms. Scratch overview: http://vimeo.com/2102968 CSWP goes to the AMLE Annual Conference in Louisville 2010 CSWP Fellow Heather Brougham-Cook and CSWP Director Lesley Roessing will be presenting at the annual conference of the Association of Middle-Level Educators (formerly NMSA) in November. Heather will present on “Using Mentor Texts to Teach Content-Area Terminology” and Lesley is presenting on two topics: “Writing to Learn Across the Curriculum” and “Making Information Interesting and Research Rock.” Ms. Roessing was also invited to participate at the AMLE Authors’ Roundtable to share The Write to Read: Response Journals That Increase Comprehension. 2011 Fellow Donna Martin will be attending the conference to add to her repertoire of middle-grade strategies. October 20 The National Day on Writing In light of the significance of writing in our national life, to draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in, and to help writers from all walks of life recognize how important writing is to their lives, NCTE established October 20 as The National Day on Writing. Making it official, the Senate passed resolutions in 2009 and 2010 declaring October 20 the National Day on Writing. CSWP SUGGESTION to honor and celebrate writing on October 20: One activity that all teachers can do with their students is an I Am Poem. The “typical” structure is 3 stanzas. However teachers or writers can feel free to change the verbs, and emergent writers might work best with one or two stanzas. It is more advantageous for teachers to model their example first. I pretend… I understand… I am… I feel… I say… I wonder… I touch… I dream… I hear… I worry… I try… I see… I cry… I hope… I want… I am… I am… I am… After students draft their individual I Am poems, have each put an asterisk or a sticky star or happy face (sticker or drawing) next to a favorite line. Students then stand in a circle and each reads his or her favorite line, creating a class “We Are” poem. You can begin and end with “We are Mrs. Roessing’s 8th Grade English Class” or “We are the _________ School __ Grade students.” It does not matter if students repeat the same verb. CSWP would love to have emailed copies of your class “We Are Poems.” Extensions: In Social Studies class write an “I Am” poem for a historical character; in science, for a planet; in math, a geometric shape or a number; in art class, a painting or artist, in physical education for an athlete… 2
  3. 3. THE LOREM IPSUMSCoastal Savannah Writing Project @ Armstrong Atlantic State University FALL 2012 ―I found the strategies to help me find my voice in writing were phenomenal. I cannot teach what I have not experienced myself. The focus on the teacher as a writer will in turn energize ―I‘ve stretched myself the students and promote a beyond what I thought I was life-long love for reading and capable of. I am thinking like writing. Deidre, 2011 CSWP Fellow a writer now, seeing things differently, excited about the Registration available on possibilities with the students www.cswp.armstrong.edu I will teach. Barbara, 2010 CSWP Fellow CSWP SUMMER INSTITUTES The Coastal Savannah Writing Project 2012 Summer WRITING Institute is a 3-week, 6-credit writing institute for K-12 teachers and administrators in all content areas. The Institute provides a place and time for teachers to demonstrate and learn diverse effective classroom practices, teach and learn writing processes, examine writing theory and research, become comfortable writing in divergent modes and genres, independently and collaboratively, and share writings with colleagues. The Summer Institute brings together local teachers in all grade levels and all disciplines for reading, writing, research, and practice. Participants accepted to join the institute meet each day to read, write, discuss their writing, read about and discuss effective ways to teach writing and use writing as a learning tool, research writing topics, and improve their teaching practices by designing and presenting demonstrations of effective teaching practices. As a result of these activities, teachers are better prepared for their own classrooms and for teaching other teachers. Summer 2012 Coastal Savannah Writing Project will offer a 2-week, 3-credit READING Institute. CSWP focuses on the core mission of improving the teaching of reading and writing and improving the use of writing and comprehension of text across the disciplines by offering high-quality, professional development for educators at all grade levels in all content areas, across the curriculum. NEW! Spring Term 3-credit graduate course “TEACHING WRITING & WRITERS” WRITING INSTITUTE READING INSTITUTE Institute Dates: Institute Dates: June 18 - July 06, 2012 July 9 —July 19, 2012 (No class July 4) Times: 8:45 a.m. –3:15 p.m. Times: 8:45am - 3:45pm Orientation: May TBA, 2011 Orientation: May TBA, 2011 Credits: 3 graduate credits Credits: 6 graduate credits or or 5 PLUs /CEUs 10 PLUs/CEUs Cost: $1079* for 3 hours of Cost: $1619* for 6 hours of graduate credit graduate credit $500 for 5 PLUs. $800 for 10 PLUs * Scholarships may be available to cover * Scholarships may be available to a portion of tuition. cover a portion of tuition. Priority Deadline: January 20, 2012 Final Deadline: April 13, 2012 3
  4. 4. THE LOREM IPSUMSCoastal Savannah Writing Project @ Armstrong Atlantic State University FALL 2012PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT The Coastal Savannah Writing Project‘s professional development programs are tailored to suit the needs and interests of individual schools and districts. CSWP can provide interactive in-services during the school day or summer months, on-site coaching, assistance with curriculum and planning, and Saturday workshops on the Armstrong campus. The Coastal Savannah Writing Project workshops, in-services, conferences, and institutes provide opportunities for teachers to read, write, learn, question, research, share, teach, and support each other to improve student achievement by improving the teaching of reading and writing. Teaching, Not Assigning, Writing Narrative Writing Strategies Informational Writing Strategies Persuasive Writing Strategies Designing Writing Units Through the Year Establishing and Managing a Writing/Reading Workshop For Professional Development, contact CSWP Director Lesley Roessing Inquiry & Research Writing writingproject@armstrong.edu Writing and Reading for Content Area Teachers 912.344.2702 Writing to Learn: Response Journals to Increase Comprehension Teaching & Assessing Writing through the Four Domains Writing with Style and Voice Building a Revision Toolbox Super Strategy Saturday Workshops Strategies, Procedures, & Content through Daily Mini-Lessons will be held from 9:00-Noon on Multi-Genre Writing November 12: Technology and Starting with Sentences to Putting Together Paragraphs Writing: Using Scratch to Create and Editing: Teaching Punctuation & Grammar Share Interactive Stories Using Mentor & Touchstone Texts to Teach Writing/Reading December 3: Strong Sentences for Reading & Writing Poetry Style Effective Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary January 28: Technology and Writing: Technology & Writing: Digital Storytelling [Topic TBA] Technology & Writing: Podcasting Digital Writing Strategies February 25: Teaching K-12 Readers through Reading Workshop Writing College Application Essays (for students) Fiction & Nonfiction Reading Strategies March 24: Spring Super Strategies Conference Establishing and Managing a Reading Workshop 4