Middle Tennessee Writing Project

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 9:24am CST

Presented by Erin Phillips and Heather Knox of Hobgood Elemetary School in the Murfreesboro City School district, this workshop introduces participants to the Content Area Cycle method of teaching, with a special emphasis on ELL students. After explaining the cycle, the presenters use a unit on plants to demonstrate the cycle with the participants playing the role of students.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 9:59am CST

Erin Phillips and Heather Knox demonstrate two classroom activities that can be used with the Area Content Cycle.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 1:56pm CDT
Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 9:30am to 10:20am CDT

An overview of the National Writing Project’s College-Ready Writers Program is given. Then an approach to teaching students how to write a detail research report using five parts is discussed. The five parts: Part One - Introduce the Issue, Part Two - Research & Methods, Part Three - Your Findings, Part Four - Analysis, Part Five - Conclusion & Recommendations.

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 10:30am to 11:55am CDT

Making a case in an opinion editorial as a mini-unit is discussed. A planning document becomes the focus of the discussion on how to guide students through their op-ed's. Casey then goes through some of his students work to look in more detail at how the op-ed mini-unit was executed within his classroom.

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 12:45pm to 1:50pm CDT

Exploration of the National Writing Project's College-Ready Writers Program website, along with a discussion about the resources provided by them and how to utilize it.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 1:15pm CDT
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 1:05pm CDT

Leslie Trail of Eagleville School demonstrates her use of Socratic Seminars (scholarly discussion) in the High School Classroom to help students think critically about texts, encourage expression of ideas, and improve writing skills.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 11:16am CDT

Fifth Grade Reading and Language Arts teacher Sara Sheehan demonstrates how she is applying accountable talk in the classroom to improve her students' reading, writing and conversational skills. This program includes an interview with Sheehan and footage from a classroom session.

Monday, June 30, 2014 - 9:56am CDT

In this professional development video, Heather Knox of Hobgood Elementary school discusses the success and challenges of using of a long-term research project to demonstrate the stages of informative writing in the classroom. Knox and other fifth-grade teachers at Hobgood guided students through a semester-long research project on JFK's assassination with the intent of engaging their curiosity while strengthening their writing skills.

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