University of California, Riverside

Inland Area Writing Project

Saturday Workshop Series 2016-2017

Saturday Workshop Series for Teachers


Join us at the Inland Area Writing Project to explore what works in teaching writing across the curriculum in K-16 classrooms. Each three-hour session provides a CCSS aligned, hands-on workshop led by experienced K-16 teachers. Participants will gain strategies and ideas that they can readily implement in their own classrooms.


Dates: February 11, 2017

      March 4, 2017

     April 29, 2017

Time: 8:30AM to 12:00PM

Location: UC Riverside; CHASS INT South

Cost: $75 per session


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Registration Deadline for February 11th Workshop is Friday, January 27, 2017

February 11, 2017

(Choose 1 session) 


Session A: The Writer's Block: Building a Community of Writers through a Writer's Notebook, grades K-5
Participants will leave with ideas and strategies for developing writers which they can implement in their classrooms. These will include writing strategies to engage reluctant writers, to promote independence in revision, and to increase writing production. Teachers will also explore approaches to starting a writing community in their school
Presenters: Lois Homma, Special Education Teacher, grades 3-8 & Amy Rose, Megan Cope ES, AP and IAWP Co-director (K-5)

Session B: Writing as a Process: Supporting Students through Multiple Revisions, grades 6-14

 This interactive workshop will show how one educator structured her course to ease the stress of writing and to promote improvement by guiding students through the writing process, including multiple layers of revision that led to a more thorough and polished final product. 

Presenter: Jane Nazzal, Professor, Mt. San Antonio College

Session C: Building a Year of Writer’s Workshop: Breaking Down Writing Units, grades 6-9
District textbook adoptions provide teachers with specific writing assignments and timelines but not guidelines for how to help  students navigate through the writing process. In this session, participants will learn how to take a textbook writing unit and break it down into manageable mini-lessons to teach through writing workshop.
Presenter: Deanna Manker, Serrano Middle School, ELA/SS Teacher 


March 4, 2017

(Choose 1 session) 


Session A: Teaching and Supporting Young Writers, grades K-5
This workshop is designed for K-5 Teachers. It will provide strategies for building a writing community and developing young writers' fluency. It will also focus on using the writing standards and mentor text to help teachers create meaningful mini-lessons. Teachers will walk-away with strategies that will help their students build confidence and stamina to tackle a variety of writing types.
Presenter: Laura Smart, OMSD ELA District Coach, grades K-6   

Session B: Persuasive Writing at the College Level in the Age of New Standards, grades 6-14
What does college-level writing look like at the University of California? Find out through an insight into college composition instruction in a freshmen course on persuasive/argumentative writing. See sample assignments and varying skill levels of student responses; discuss a set of argumentative assignments through the lens of a themed unit on the ethics of our food production system; leave with ideas for implementing thematic and skill-based writing instruction in your own classroom.
Presenters: Keith Vance, UCR, Director of Computer-Assisted Instruction, UWP Lecturer & Ninetta Papadomichelaki, UCR, IAWP Managing Director, UWP Lecturer


April 29, 2017

(Choose 1 session) 


Session A: Giving Your Writing a Hand, grades K-6
This workshop will demonstrate how to give students a “hand with their writing” by offering a single graphic organizer to simplify the writing process while modeling how students gather ideas to write about across genres. The focus is to provide teachers with a single tool that is adaptable to various genre writing as we inspire students to embrace writing and giving them the tools in the "palm of their hand."
Presenter: Janet Sewell, Riverside USD ELA/ELD Staff Dev. Specialist, grades TK-6


Session B: Close Writing: Exploring Nutshell Narratives and Summaries, grades 6-12
In this CCSS aligned, hands-on workshop, participants will explore how “close writing” strategies can help students focus on how to use diction, syntax and punctuation to create meaning. They will explore both “5 word memoir” narrative writing and short expository summary writing, focusing on the decisions writers need to make to communicate the essence of ideas. Teachers will walk away with ready to use strategies to implement in their classrooms.
Presenter: Agnieszka Mazur, UCR, IAWP Co-Director (6-12), UWP Lecturer


Session C: Lighten the Load: Teaching Writing through Social Studies and Science, grades 4-8
Do you feel like you have too many standards to teach? Are you feeling the pressure of the SBAC assessment?
Students need to prove their writing proficiency through Social Studies or Science content. So why not incorporate some English Language Arts standards through those subjects?  In this workshop, participants will learn strategies to integrate writing instruction with Social Studies and Science content without becoming overwhelmed by CCSS standards
Presenter: Deanna Manker, Serrano Middle School, ELA/SS Teacher





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