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Understanding the Reading Writing Connection

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In the initial session, we looked at the essential characteristics of writing workshop and compared and contrasts that to our own beliefs about the teaching of writing. The connection between reading and writing is one that often comes up in dialogue around beliefs. This session is an opportunity to further explore this idea so as to get clarity on what it might mean for strategies as well as school policies and practices.

Let's begin by visiting with third and fifth grade classroom teachers as they articulate what the reading writing connection means to them.



If time allows, Chapter One, "Reading Like a Writer", from Wondrous Words is an excellent companion reading to the featured video.

After viewing, take a moment and ask participants to update their chart by adding or revising in the "beliefs" column and naming concepts or ideas they want to see represented in the "strategies" column.

In small groups, identify sample writing workshop sample lessons you want to dig deeper into. You might want to strategically select/assign so you get maximum coverage.

  1. In your group, preview the lessons.
  • Is there evidence of the reading writing connection?
  • Are there opportunities for students to read like a writer?

2. Convene back as whole group and share out findings. Individually, in grade level groups  or as a school you might want to start to create a master document with the headers "Title/Author(s)", Ideas/Concepts" and "Notes".



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These tools were created as part of the Literacy Improvement in Rural Education through Collaboration (LIREC) project funded by the U.S. Department of Education