Writing That Hits Home: Using Memoir to Nurture & Inspire Successful Writers in Grades 7-12



Subject(s):Language Arts and Reading


Proficiency Levels: Mastery


Grade(s):7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, CC


Suggested Prerequisites: This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel interested in the teaching of writing. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers. In addition, participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating to computer files.


Description/Abstract: When it comes to writing in school, many students and teachers cringe. The demands of meeting state and national standards have pulled the joy right out of writing, replacing it with a focus on producing the perfect essay. This workshop will focus on how to nurture a love for writing in students and how to inspire students to be successful writers through the Writer’s Workshop approach. Descriptive and narrative writing are the initial modes explored; although, the approach, process and strategies employed can also be utilized beyond in the teaching of other modes of writing. Memoir writing works as the key to unlock the writers within each student, validating and preserving not only their personal stories, but stories of family, community and history. The overall goal of this workshop is to reinvigorate writing instruction for both you and your students, motivating a desire to write from within which has a direct correlation to creating successful, high achieving writers. Participants will leave the course with a Writing Workshop Unit for teaching the memoir genre along with descriptive and narrative writing skills.


Objectives: This course will enable participants to:
1. Use writing as a tool in the classroom to help students understand the power that stories and writing have to connect and inspire a sense of pride in families, communities and beyond.
2. Gain new insight on how to effectively teach two modes of writing – descriptive and narrative— and one genre – memoir.
3. Understand how to initiate a Writer’s Workshop approach in the classroom and to inspire life long writers
4. Understand how to create a classroom environment which supports writing and values students’ voices
5. Understand how to design meaningful writing lessons that incorporate state and national writing standards
6. Utilize technology in conjunction with writing to stimulate creativity, incorporating the use of ISTE standard in the classroom.