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Write in the Middle: A Series for Middle School English Teachers

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From learner.org (Approved: freealan), produced by Annenberg
Write in the Middle: A Workshop for Middle School Teachers is an
eight-part professional development workshop designed to help teachers learn effective practices and strategies to use with middle school students in writing instruction. Through classroom footage of excellent teachers modeling successful strategies and interviews with teachers, students, and nationally recognized experts about the writing process, workshop participants will learn ways to
create a positive and productive writing environment for young adolescents. Here is what each video is about. They must be watched at the site.

Workshop 1. Creating a
Community of Writers
In this session, participants explore
practical strategies—from desk arrangements to classroom organization to writing routines—that allow young adolescents to share their writing in an atmosphere of trust and safety and to recognize their identities as lifelong writers and readers.
Workshop 2. Making Writing Meaningful
When teachers introduce subjects that matter to
middle school students or allow them more freedom to choose and develop topics, the task of writing gains new meaning and purpose. In this session, participants examine how five middle-level teachers help their students connect to writing and understand its capacity to transform their own lives and the world around them. 
3. Teaching Poetry
Poetry offers young adolescents an unparalleled opportunity for
exploring feelings and learning about the power of written expression. This session showcases two master teachers as they help their students develop as writers and readers of poetry. 
Workshop 4. Teaching Persuasive
In this session, participants visit two middle-level
classrooms to see how teachers can help young writers develop effective and authentic persuasive pieces based on their own experiences and interests - for example, using cell phones in schools or altering their homework schedule.
Workshop 5. Teaching Multigenre Writing
Multigenre writing offers students a wide range of
options for expressing ideas and communicating knowledge. In this session, participants examine two different, but equally successful, examples of this eclectic and engaging writing approach.
Workshop 6. Responding to Writing:
Teacher to Student
In this session, participants see how five
middle-level teachers use both formal and informal student/teacher conferences to monitor their students’ progress and help them improve as writers.
Workshop 7. Responding to Writing: Peer to Peer
Throughout the writing process, peer response can
help young adolescents develop as thinkers and writers. In this session, participants explore strategies for structuring peer interactions and for teaching students to respond positively and productively to each other’s work.
Workshop 8. Teaching the Power of Revision
In this session, participants visit the classrooms of
three teachers to examine strategies that help even reluctant writers see the power and purpose of revision. "
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