On Thursday, January 8 at 9 p.m. EST, #LitLead will spend the hour considering how we design authentic writing experiences for students. In our educational culture where timed, on-demand writing is king (according to the powers-that-be), it is crucial that students also experience the real writing process and the thrill of composing pieces that reach a wider audience and matter deeply to them. On Thursday night, #LitLead will discuss how we create these opportunities for our students and support teachers in these efforts. Below is a sample of some of the questions we’ll discuss on January 8.
- What does it mean to design “authentic writing experiences” for students? What makes them authentic?
- What is your planning process for creating writing assignments? What factors are most important?
- What authentic experiences do you create when asking students to do informative/explanatory writing?
- How do you make a literary essay more authentic to students?
- When writing opinions or arguments, what topic choices do you offer them? Why?
- What authentic writing experiences do you provide students to show them how writing can help them think?
- To be authentic, Ss need a wider audience than you. Where do you publish/share student work?
- How do you respond when someone asks if these writing experiences prepare students for standardized tests?
- If you are a literacy leader, how do you support teachers with this work? What PD do you provide?
We hope you can join us at 9 p.m. EST on January 8th!
CEL Associate Chair
Supervisor of English Language Arts, Grades 5 – 12
School District of the Chathams, NJ