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 6:00 P.M., except for the last session which is 4:00       P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Dates: 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/13, 5/19, 5/26 & 6/2

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 & the
Writing Process

      4/14/15, 4:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M., Dayton's Library Media Center

Introduction: Ice-breaker activity from "Teach Like A Pirate." Teachers will create an object that represents them or that is significant to them out of Play-Doh to share with the class. (This can also be used as a writing prompt activity for students.)

Reflection Quote: "Anything worth doing is worth doing badly," said writer, Brian Heinz on learning by making mistakes. "We are here to make mistakes, fix them and make them better."

Day One's Resources:

Begin with the End in Mind: What do you want to accomplish or learn by the end of this eight session class? Visualize where you are and where you want to be to accomplish your goal. Remember just as a building follows a blueprint, your goal will follow your vision.

Day Two: Immersion

4/21/15, 4:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M., Dayton's Library Media Center

Immersion is the heart of writing as Ralph Fletcher says that a student's writing is only as good as the literature being read or shown as an example.

What to include for immersion: author's inspiration (special thanks, dedication, author's notes); audience; author's process; and author's purpose.

Day Two's Resources:

Day Three: Immersion/Generating

4/28/15, 4:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M., Dayton's Library Media Center

Before starting our "Do Now" activity, you can work on your notebooks--adding pictures and taping over the pictures with clear tape.

Do Now: Writing about an Object

Mentor Texts for Generating Ideas:

Day Three's Resources:

Day Four: Generating & Selecting

       5/05/15, 4:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M., Dayton's Library Media Center

             Do Now: Share story from Writer's Notebook

Day Four's Resources:

Read a book such as "A Tree Named Steve" or "Crab Moon" with strong emotions to generate emotions for the hand chart.

Emotion PowerPoint (Generating)

Emotion SB File (Generating)

All About Me (Google Drawing) for Generating Narratives

Day Five: Selecting

      5/13/15, 4:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M., Dayton's Library Media Center

Day Five's Resources:

Day Six: Collecting

       5/19/15, 4:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M., Dayton's Library Media Center

Day Six's Resources:

Day Seven: Drafing

       5/26/15, 4:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M., Dayton's Library Media Center

Day Seven's Resources:

Day Eight: Publishing

Day Eights's Resources:

Published: Student Work Showcase