At the end of the course, participants should be able to say:
- I can write more frequently and confidently.
- I can heighten my awareness of the craft and conventions of writing.
At the end of this session, participants should be able to say:
- I can maintain momentum by reading, writing, and seeking feedback.
- I can strengthen my craft, word choice, and mechanics by applying techniques from models and mentor texts.
- 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know by Jeff Anderson
- Seesaw online app (Community and individual journals)
- The goal is always the same: to break a skill into its component pieces (circuits), memorize those pieces individually, then link them together in progressively larger groupings (new, interconnected circuits) [The Talent Code]
- Salva’s younger brother, Kuol, was taking care of just one cow; like his brothers before him, he would be in charge of more cows every year. [A Long Walk to Water]
Next steps and challenges:
- Read 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know: Energy and Words, Chapters 8 and 9, starting page 171
- Share at least two Quick Write posts in Seesaw
- Read the posts of others and “like” when read and comment if appropriate
- Collect and share mentor sentences from your independent reading (at least one)
Session One Learning Progressions (Drafts):
Anderson, Jeff. 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know. Stenhouse Publishers, 2011.
Coyle, Daniel. The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Bantam Books, 2009.
Park, Linda Sue. A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story. Rock the Boat, 2018.