Using the 2-in-1 Devices to
Launch Writer's Workshop

             Narrative Writing in Grades Three Through Six

By Erin Marone & Jean Zambelli, Eastport-South Manor, Spring 2015

Throughout this course, teachers will learn how to successfully launch Writer’s Workshop focusing on narrative writing for third through sixth grade students utilizing the 2-in-1 devices. The devices will be used in each step of process writing (immersion; generating ideas; selecting an idea; collecting; drawing; editing; revision and publishing). Along with more traditional teaching models,  teachers will foster digital initiatives to transform learning through changes in pedagogical shifts. By using the devices to launch Writer’s Workshop, teachers will also meet the needs of all learners to champion digital creativity. During the various stages of the writing process, the devices may be embedded within teacher instruction and used whole class or used with a  small group of students at centers around the classroom.

Location: Dayton Avenue's Library Media Center

Time: 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Dates: 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/5 & 5/19 (Tuesdays)

Materials Needed: Class Supply List

Rationale: This one credit, 15 hour inservice class was developed by Jean Zambelli, Literacy Coach/Reading Teacher, and Erin Marone, Library Media Specialist/Lead Technology Teacher, for third through sixth grade teachers and support staff to learn more about process writing to coincide with our writing curriculum goals as well as educational consultant, Sarah Cordova's staff development. Teachers will learn how they can use the 2-in-1 devices to launch writer's workshop as each classroom teacher has access to five devices on a daily basis for instruction.

Integrating appropriate technology will make instruction/learning goals more effective for all students to be successful.

Day One: Introduction & Immersion


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Day Two:  Immersion & Generating Ideas


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Day Three: Selecting & Drafting


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Day Four: Collecting & Revision


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Day Five: Editing & Publishing


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