Writers Notebook, 3-4 x per week, approx 20 pages
This is a place to collect noticings and wonderings. Topics will be explored and writing techniques from mini-lessons will be practiced in this book. small group share sessions and in class conferring will provide feedback.
Personal Memoir, 4-5 pages
In writing this memoir, students will exploring the significance of particular events or people in their lives while practicing techniques used by authors. The memoir can be an extended narrative, or in a picture book form (with the possibility of illustrations completed by the students in their placement classrooms). All drafts, notes, and revisions, as well as a final copy of your personal writing will be turned in. The process of drafting, conferring, revising, and polishing their own writing will be used as discussion points for learning to teach/guide young writers. Materials should reflect the development of writing from conception to completion over time.
[Suggested length: 4-5 pages double-spaced pages in narrative, or 8-15 pages of a picture book, including illustrations].
Peer feedback, conferring feedback from instructor and TA, and final evaluation comments and score will be provided by instructor.
Group Project: Writing for a Better World (projects will involve student choice—e.g. writing to produce Public Service Announcements, Policy White Papers, Letter to Editor, etc.)
This course requirement will be coordinated with the Children's Literature Course. Using children's literature that focuses on aspects of social justice (http://www.usingtheirwords.org/6elements/), small groups will work to choose a topic and project that connects to one of these aspects. Projects will vary based on interest, but the writing process (ideas, drafting, revising, editing, polishing, publishing) will be used regardless of choice. Students will have some class time for group planning and group writing, however tools such as Google docs will be used for collaborative work outside of class. Feedback throughout the process will be given through group conferences with instructor and with peers during class, and instructor will give final feedback. In addition, the project will ultimately serve a larger purpose and be delivered to a broader audience, depending on the target audience as decided by the group.
Length of assignment:
instructor and TA's
instructor and TA's