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First Steps [electronic resource]

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Provides an overview of the first steps teachers should take when working with student writers. The educators, researchers, and writers featured in the video programs talk about specific goals they share with their students, recognizing the local, state, and national standards that serve as a floor, not a ceiling, for their work. They also express the benefits and value student writers find as they grow as writers, communicators, and thinkers. Judith Ortiz Cofer leads the featured teachers in a writer's workshop activity focused on word triggers and their place in the processes of writing.
Online
2004
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A Shared Path [electronic resource]

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Explores the atmosphere students need to grow as writers. Teachers talk about the physical set-up of a writing community, the importance of reading in a writing classroom, and their own roles as co-writers in the community, showing how these practicalities and philosophies actually work in setting up communities where trust and mutual respect are the hallmarks. In a writer's workshop, the teachers react in writing to Judith Ortiz Cofer's assignment: hiding and revealing through language.
Online
2004
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Different Audiences [electronic resource]

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Examines the "self" most writers address, showing how the concept of writing for an audience is threaded throughout the dynamic and nonlinear processes of writing. From there, the session looks to a wider range of audiences, examining the demands the student writer encounters in addressing audiences in language arts and other disciplines, and audiences on other levels, such as those encountered in college and the job world. Classroom experiences show how writing community members think about, plan around, and address audience expectations. The teachers tackle the same theme for different audiences in a writer's workshop led by Judith Ortiz Cofer.
Online
2004
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Different Purposes [electronic resource]

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Teachers examine the relationship of purpose and form, presenting classroom examples of students working in many genres, including persuasive writing, memoir, and poetry. Their subsequent analysis underscores what students can learn by examining commonalities and differences among genres and the value of multigenre projects. In the writer's workshop, the teachers select a genre or a combination of genres to share vivid events from their lives.
Online
2004
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Usage and Mechanics [electronic resource]

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Focuses directly on key questions of grammar and mechanics: When should student writers and reviewers of student work pay attention to usage and mechanics? Does teaching grammar in context really work? Why should these things matter? Grammar experts add to the conversation, analyzing its role in communication and providing ways to bridge the connection between message and mechanics. In the writer's workshop, Judith Ortiz Cofer challenges the teachers to use only one sentence form to tell a story.
Online
2004
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Providing Feedback on Student Writing [electronic resource]

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Teachers, researchers, and authors discuss and demonstrate effective ways to conference and comment on student work and direct other members of the writing community to do the same. While offering great tips on structuring peer review, Judith Ortiz Cofer directs the teachers as they comment on each others' work during this session.
Online
2004
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Learning From Professional Writers [electronic resource]

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Educators, researchers, and noted authors offer innovative ways to bring the voice of the professional writer into the classroom. Teachers show how professional works by favorite writers can be the seeds for engaging classroom activities, while authors talk about their own writing processes and writing heroes. Includes interviews with Maxine Hong Kingston, Patrick Jennings, Margo Jefferson, Christopher Meyers, Amy Tan, Ruthanne Lum McCunn, and Tracy Mack. Judith Ortiz Cofer guides the teachers through an exercise triggered by a line from one of her favorite poets, Richard Hugo.
Online
2004
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Writing in the 21st Century [electronic resource]

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Examines how teachers can make the best use of the new resources available to writers. The teachers show some beginning steps they have taken to integrate technology into their instruction and their professional lives, and talk about the benefits and challenges evolving media present to them and their students. In the writer's workshop, Judith Ortiz Cofer leads the teachers as they reflect on the effect of technology in their lives.
Online
2004