(PD Title No. ELA3413E)
Teaching Writing in the Middle School Classroom
Proficiency Level: Mastery
Subject(s):Language Arts and Reading
Grade(s): 6,7,8
Hours: 30.00


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.  
Pre-requisites: This is an introductory workshop for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers, and proficiency with email and current web-browsers.
Objectives: This workshop will enable participants to:
• Understand the classroom implications of several NCTE standards pertinent for middle school writing
• Explore new ways to motivate students and teachers to write
• Familiarize themselves with two common middle school essay styles--informative and persuasive--and learn new ways of teaching them
• Examine their own writing processes
• Revisit the writing workshop, including pre-, during-, and post-writing, through the lens of motivational strategies
• Utilize technology writing resources when appropriate
• Discover evaluation techniques that will promote writing as a continual process
Assessment and Course Requirements