Keeping it Real in Texas Classrooms: Expository Writing & Reading in 2012
Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading (TAIR)
Central Texas Writing Project (CTWP)
“This session will invite participants to enhance their reading/writing workshops, with a focus on expository texts. Participants will discuss how to maintain student engagement throughout the literacy block, promote deeper comprehension, and build stamina as students approach the STAAR End of Course Exam and beyond.”
Co-presenters: Lisa Blair & JoAnn Nash
Inspired by Lisa’s “Reading Workshops That Work” -Handouts
RROC-Parent Poem - Handouts
Conversation Hearts = TAKS
Lucy’s version =STAAR Stamina
Do you Spotify?
Thank you Gretchen Polnac
UTeach Liberal Arts
The University of Texas at Austin
Quote on twitter 2/10/12:
RT @CarolJago Mike Rose on curriculum:
“If you go deep enough, you go wide."
“…the single activity that consistently correlates with high levels of performance on standardized tests of reading [and I would say writing] ability. And that is frequent, voluminous reading.”
The Reading Zone: How to Help Kids Become
Skilled, Passionate, Habitual, Critical Readers
Booktalked reading of Author’s Note from Perfect (Perfect Priscilla)
Publishers Weekly Book Review:
“Hopkins’s verse is not only lean and sinuous, it also demonstrates a mastery of technique.”
Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN (Cheers Deandre)
Dr. Victor Rios interview on PBS (thanks honey hubby) led to participate in Live Chat and follow-up letter to the author and student’s blog creation (Mmmwah! Abby)
48 Rules of Power “Greene and Elffers have created an heir to Machiavelli's Prince…” Publisher’s Weekly (“This book is gonna get me elected as President!”
I’m voting for you Ira)
Fiction? Yup! Bronx Masquerade prose and poetry response/conversation format
led to “Author Resources” on Teaching Books.net - including Multiple Intelligence lessons and Author Interview- “Research Resources in Context” - Harlem Renaissance - Langston Hughes - Domestic Violence - Bullying – and “What is a kufi?” question
(Whew! Shout-Out Sherman)
“Words Changing Worlds” blog http://teacherweb.com/TX/RoundRockOpportunityCenter/Nash,JoAnn/t.aspx
Literary andinformational textsthat are relevant, contemporary, and interdisciplinary.
Instructional designthat builds knowledge and understanding through increasingly complex texts, skill development, and assignments.
Explicit instruction on using data tomake an argument, understanding and evaluating persuasive techniques, supporting recommendations with evidence, and more.
Daily opportunities for reflection andacademic discussionin one-on-one, small-group, and whole-class settings.
Vocabulary and language developmentthrough direct instruction, conversation and writing prompts, and repeated readings of text.