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Session Content

Introduction to the workshop

Let’s get started! – Handout


Workshop Overview


Yearlong Vision

Teach the three major writing modes


“Mother lode” unit versus multiple mini-units


Mini-units spread across the year


Unit Considerations

Redefine the end products


Select a format to fit the depth of knowledge


Meet the academic standards


Focus on the “trump” traits


Identify a topic


Introduce informative writing


Unit Foundations

Information comes from sources


Recognize relevant sources


Add skills to the yearlong calendar


List facts & details


Information Gathering

Track information and sources


Utilize digital sources


Collect facts from experiences


Add skills to the yearlong calendar


Identify and note important information


List multiple facts and details


Organize related information


Utilize a Dissected-Web, T-Chart, and Storyboard


Practice grouping and organizing


Practice grouping and organizing, cont.


Add skills to the yearlong calendar


Utilize “A Fun Magic Coloring Book”


Elaboration & Cohesion

Define developed writing


Introduce “leg details” that support “table top” ideas


Add skills to the yearlong calendar


Incorporate expert quotes


Define paraphrasing


Identify the relationship between ideas


Identify the relationship among paragraphs/sections


Add skills to the yearlong calendar


Craft an introduction


Conclude the information


Conclusion - Wrap-up

Wrap-up