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1. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 Creating Active Thinkers for All Types of Writing Tim Hargis April 20, 2015 Dickinson East Elementary Hamtramck Public Schools Email: [email protected] Twitter: @WritingDinerTim Slideshare: www.slideshare.net/timhargis 2. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 A Little About Who I Am 3. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 A Little About Who I Am 4. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 A Little About Who I Am 5. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 I have loved to write since I was about this old. 6. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 7. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 8. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 9. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 10. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 My students are not growing as writers 11. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 My students are not growing as writers Im not sure what to teach in my minilessons 12. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 My students are not growing as writers Im not sure what to teach in my minilessons I dont like to write for my students 13. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 My students are not growing as writers Im not sure what to teach in my minilessons I dont like to write for my students Assessment issues 14. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 My students are not growing as writers Im not sure what to teach in my minilessons I dont like to write for my students Assessment issues Standardized test prep 15. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 My students are not growing as writers Im not sure what to teach in my minilessons I dont like to write for my students Assessment issues Standardized test prep Active thinkers 16. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 17. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 The Original A series of lessons aimed to teach craft elements of writing Leads Onomatopoeia One Word Dialogue Details Similes Snapshots, Thoughtshots Parts of speech Endings Memory, wish, feeling Strong Line 18. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 The Original A series of lessons aimed to teach craft elements of writing Included pieces of writing Personal Narratives 19. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 The Original Guiding Principles 1. Teach explicitly 2. Incorporate conversation to deepen understanding 3. Hold students accountable 4. Make writing meaningful 20. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 The Original The ultimate goal: To help students become active thinkers while writing While students are independently writing, they will have real writing skills and knowledge inside of them, AND they will be actively thinking about how to apply that knowledge and those skills to any writing task 21. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 So Why a Writing Diner? The idea is to build a visual menu to support student writing and student thinking throughout the year. 22. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 So Why a Writing Diner? The idea is to build a visual menu to support student writing and student thinking throughout the year. Students are familiar with menus Menus, be definition, require active thinking Built gradually 23. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 24. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 25. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 26. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 MEAP Writing Trends 2005 - 2007 52% 45% 59% 31% 75% 83% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 2005 3rd 2006 4th 2007 5th Percentage Passing Writing State Glenwood Source: Michigan Department of Education www.michigan.gov/mde 27. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 MEAP Writing Trends 2005 - 2007 Economically Disadvantaged Students 42% 35% 44% 27% 72% 74% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 2005 3rd 2006 4th 2007 5th Percentage Passing Writing State Glenwood Source: Michigan Department of Education www.michigan.gov/mde 28. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 A Quick Look at MEAP Data 2012 4th Grade Writing (Passing/ Levels 1&2) All Students Males Females African American Econ. Disadv. State 47% 38% 56% 27% 33% Glenwood (Kentwood Public Schools) 80% 86% 74% 67% 75% Source: Michigan Dept. of Education www.michigan.gov/mde 29. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 A Quick Look at MEAP Data 2012 4th Grade Writing (Advanced/ Level 1) All Students Males Females African American Econ. Disadv. State 12% 7% 16% 4% 5% Glenwood (Kentwood Public Schools) 45% 48% 42% 20% 43% Source: Michigan Dept. of Education www.michigan.gov/mde 30. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 A Quick Look at MEAP Data Source: Michigan Dept. of Education www.michigan.gov/mde Brown Elementary Byron Center Public Schools 4th Grade MEAP Writing 2012 93% (3rd Highest in Michigan) 2013 89% (47% Advanced) 31. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 The Writing Diner 2 Meeting the demands of the three types of writing in the Common Core State Standards 32. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 The Writing Diner 2 The ultimate goal: To help students become active thinkers while writing While students are independently writing, they will have real writing skills and knowledge inside of them, AND they will be actively thinking about how to apply that knowledge and those skills to any writing task 33. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 The Writing Diner 2 Four areas of focus for writing instruction 1. Understanding the purpose of the three types of writing 2. Knowing how to implement craft elements of writing for all 3 types of writing 3. Understanding genre and text structures 4. Connecting to content 34. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 Four Areas of Focus 1. Understanding the purpose of the three types of writing 35. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 O p i n i o n / A r g u m e n t I n f o r m a t i v e / E x p l a n a t o r y N a r r a t i v e 36. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 Text Purposes 37. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 Text Purposes 38. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 Text Purposes 39. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 Teaching Purpose Begins with a focus on purpose If students understand and are thinking about their purpose, it should set them down a particular writing path 40. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 Opinion Informative Narrative 41. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 Opinion Informative Narrative I need to make my opinion clear I have to give reasons to support my opinion I can use craft elements to make my reasons stronger I need a strong wrap-up that reiterates my opinion Examples of Opinion Genres Reviews Literary Essays Editorials Opinion Columns Etc. 42. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 Opinion Informative Narrative I need to stick to the facts I need to use craft elements to help my writing not feel so dry I need to use text features to help my readers understand my piece better I need to think about a text structure that works for this piece Nonfiction Text Structures Sequential Descriptive Problem/Solution Comparison Cause/Effect Enumerative 43. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 Opinion Informative Narrative I need to tell a story slowly I need a beginning, middle, end I need to use lots of details to make my readers feel like theyre there in the story I need to use craft elements to highlight details and emotions I need to make my readers feel I might need to use dialogue Examples of Narrative Genres Personal Narrative Realistic Fiction Fantasy Mystery Etc. 44. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 Teaching Purpose Focus Lesson Defining the purpose of a text type Showing non-examples and examples of the text type Partner Work Sorting excerpts of texts into examples and non-examples Individual Work Quick write about the purpose of the text type 45. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 Today we are working on.... Identifying and understanding the purpose of informative writing!!! I can identify informative writing and explain its purpose. 46. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 Purpose = Reason Informative writing is a type of writing. 47. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 48. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 Lets Do Some Thinking 49. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 Lets Do Some Thinking And then the dog came running around the corner. He was a big dog. And ugly. And he looked like he was having a real good time. His tongue was hanging out and he was wagging his tail. He skidded to a stop and smiled right at me. I had never before in my life seen a dog smile, but that is what he did. He pulled back his lips and showed me all his teeth. Then he wagged his tail so hard that he knocked some oranges off a display, and they went rolling everywhere, mixing in with the tomatoes and onions and green peppers. 50. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 Lets Do Some Thinking 51. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 Informative/Explanatory Example Not Informative/Explanatory Example 52. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 Lets Do Some Thinking And then the dog came running around the corner. He was a big dog. And ugly. And he looked like he was having a real good time. His tongue was hanging out and he was wagging his tail. He skidded to a stop and smiled right at me. I had never before in my life seen a dog smile, but that is what he did. He pulled back his lips and showed me all his teeth. Then he wagged his tail so hard that he knocked some oranges off a display, and they went rolling everywhere, mixing in with the tomatoes and onions and green peppers. A story Information The facts 53. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 Informative/Explanatory Example Not Informative/Explanatory Example Meow! The cat happily trotted across the floor. She was heading straight to the couch which was next to the window. Bright sunshine spilled in through the window. The cat jumped up on the couch, turned around 3 times, and then snuggled in for a nice long nap. 54. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 Informative/Explanatory Example Not Informative/Explanatory Example Cats. These furry creatures have been companions for people for thousands of years. Most experts believe that the ancient Egyptians were the first group of people to domesticate cats. 55. www.thewritingdiner.com 2015 I can identify informative writi