Title No. ELA3413E)
Description:In today’s middle school writing
classroom, the pressures to achieve state and national standards are
overwhelming for students and teachers alike. Many classrooms focus so
completely on writing the perfect essay that the fun of writing wanes. In
this workshop, participants will examine two common essay types—informative
and persuasive—as they are approached in several non-traditional ways. To
complement these alternative ways of teaching these two essay types, this
workshop will also re-examine the writing process, writing motivation for
teachers and students, and formative evaluation methods for writing progress.
The end result of this work is a final lesson plan for an informative or
persuasive essay that utilizes a creative approach in its instruction. It is
the overall goal of this workshop to rekindle motivation and creativity in
middle school writing instruction to help teachers and students have some fun
on their journey toward the perfect essay.