Teaching Writing in the Secondary Classroom

Course | July 10 – 14, 2017 every day | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | 9 Evans Hall

 Bay Area Writing Project

We all want our students to write more and to greater effect, but how do we make this happen? How do we build memorable and meaningful writing lessons that generate thoughtful content and address the needs of both our strongest student writers and our most struggling student writers? What are strategies for helping English Learners and for building students’ skills that meet the new Common Core Standards? What about cultivating academic language in the classroom? And how do we do all of this without drowning in paper? In short, how do energize or re-energize ourselves as teachers of writing so that we can engage students in the power of the written word? Join this class led by veteran educator, M. Clare LePell where she’ll address these questions and more. In a highly collegial setting:

experience interactive teaching demonstrations that will give you new ideas and greater confidence in your lessons
acquire hard and soft copies of specific instructional strategies for immediate use with your students
write frequently and share your writing in small groups
explore questions about the teaching of writing through discussions of selected readings
develop lessons using your own curriculum and texts and ready to use in the fall.
Please note that there will be some homework assignments, including: reading articles, drafting personal writing, and developing curriculum.

M. Clare LePell is celebrating her 31st year as a classroom teacher in Castro Valley and has been a BAWP Teacher Consultant since 1993. As the former head of a school/university partnership with a focus on adolescent literacy, Ms. LePell has developed secondary reading and writing curricula and led multiple professional development activities.

 bawp@berkeley.edu