Workshop Details

Moving Beyond the First Draft: Inquiry-Based Reading, Writing, and Revision

Eugene, OR | February 28, 2017
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  • How do we help students craft authentic text-based arguments?
  • How do we create an authentic environment for revision that moves students forward?

One of the greatest challenges that any writing teacher faces is how to help students craft compelling, well-reasoned, and well-supported text-based arguments.

When we do not see students progressing as writers as quickly as we hoped, discouragement can set in. Teachers wonder: Can student writers improve? This workshop is an attempt to address that discouragement and to answer that question affirmatively: Yes, indeed, writers can improve.

Supporting student revision can be a tricky process across all grade levels. Students often have difficulty identifying moments to revise. They may not know how to take the draft from functional to fantastic—or from failing to functional.

This workshop takes participants through an authentic set of revision experiences that can be used with students from grades 3 – 12.

Participants engage as learners in a brief round of comprehension that supports their effort to craft a text-based argument. Then, they use that draft to engage in multiple rounds of inquiry-based revision.

Participants will develop a stronger understanding of inquiry-based writing revision by

  1. Learning how to describe each other’s writing.
  2. Using revision groups to develop ideas.
  3. Engaging in “writing like” exercises using exemplar texts (and exemplar moments).

Click here to download the agenda for this workshop.

Who should attend?
This institute is appropriate for elementary and secondary English teachers, literacy coaches, and district- or school-based administrators (grades 3 – 12). Teachers will leave with practical strategies they can implement immediately in the classroom. Coaches and administrators will find practical solutions to for helping teachers as they implement inquiry-based revision techniques.

Other details:
Registration is $229 per person. When registering two or more people, each additional registrant is $199. Space is limited, so sign up today to reserve a seat!

Workshop hours are 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(Registration and coffee from 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  Lunch will be provided.)