Sherry’s Writing Weblog

October 27, 2008

Focused Studies

Filed under: Focused Studies — sdoherty @ 8:02 pm

The funniest thing happened to me today!  As I was driving to work, I was thinking about this blog and what I should add as a comment tonight.  I was thinking about focused studies and, in particular, how I could go about adding the topic of focused studies to the blog.  (This past summer I presented a workshop on effective writing instruction with Kelly Winney.  We took the participants through a persuasive writing study.  Since then, I’ve been gathering more information on persuasive writing and I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to work with a teacher/group of teachers on such a unit.  So focused studies have been on my mind a lot lately.) 

At school (Prince Edward) I sat down with the principal to go over the school’s Strategic Learning Plan.  Lo and behold, one of the school’s goals is to focus on a school wide genre study, using non-fiction narratives!!  (Early Years are focusing on recounts, Primary on personal narratives, and Junior and Intermediate on memoirs.)  Small world!  I am so excited!  My opportunity to work with teachers on a focused study has arrived!!  

So, the purpose of this section of my Blog will be to share stories and ideas related to focused studies.  I encourage readers to respond, ask questions, or share ideas.  Below are links that I found for the Prince Edward staff:

 

http://www.schoolwide.com/pages/memoir.htm

http://teacher.scholastic.com/writeit/memoir/teacher/easing.htm

http://msit.gsu.edu/Readingconsortium/The_Literacy_Lens/Articles/1_2_/memior.pdf

http://www.middleweb.com/ReadWrkshp/RWdownld/CurrCalendar2.pdf

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