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Middle School Writing Centers: The Writing Thief-Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing (PL2020-10)
Hours: 5.00 / Tuition: $0 / Non Oconee RESA Fee: $25.00
Status: OPEN / Maximum Size: 20
Instructor: Paulene Roberson
Date: 9/19/2019 Time: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Location: - Oconee RESA Media Center Tennille, Ga (Click for Driving Directions)
Registration Deadline: 9/19/2019


Course Description

Middle School Writing Centers: The Writing Thief

Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing


From the work of “Ruth Culham”, a major part of good writing instruction is finding the right mentor texts to share with students. Within this PL, you’ll discover more than ninety excellent mentor texts, along with straightforward activities that incorporate the traits of writing across informational, narrative, and argument modes.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Using Mentor Texts to Spur Authentic Student Writing.
  • The 4Ws of Writing: Writing Process, Writing Traits, Writing Workshop, and Writing Modes.
  • GSE: Use mentor texts and the GSE to plan and guide your instruction.
  • Components of a Successful Writer's Workshop & Writing Centers: Revising Student Writing in Meaningful Ways
  • Classroom management during writing centers.
  • Mini lesson basics: Explicitly teach students how to read a book as writers.
  • Effective conferring and small-group work.
  • Grouping Mentor Texts in Clusters to Show a Diverse Range of Topics, Styles, and Approaches.
  • Building your own units of study (Please bring a lesson plan with a text that you will be using for writing).

Target Audience:
Classroom Teachers
Instructional Facilitators/Coaches

Class Notes

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Tennille, GA 31089

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