Whipping up Witty Writing Plans

SMWP 2014 Daily log for July 15th by Barbara Rosales

Delightful Duo!

Today's presenters did a remarkable job of providing motivating and applicable writing lessons!

  • Monique chose to focus on using literature to teach writing. We analyzed a poem with a partner and then chose a way to present it. We then analyzed "The Highwayman," which we used to compare and contrast. We also participated in philosophical chairs, used to engage students in argumentative writing.
  • Sarah decided to use her history and sociology background to help explain the benefit of utilizing primary sources as a launching pad for narrative writing. She aims to develop writing across the curriculum and develop voice using primary source visuals. As part of her presentation we analyzed primary source photos and wrote narrative pieces supported by each photo.

Your Right to Write!

Writing Project Students spent the rest of the afternoon putting their ideas to work. Students were busy bees as they spent time to write and apply various writing strategies. This time was followed by a small group discussion time.

Writing Marathon

Thursday, July 17th, 8:45am-4pm

300 Carlsbad Village Dr

Carlsbad, CA

Writing Project students will venture off campus and conquer the beach as they spend the entire day brainstorming, writing and sharing. This is their opportunity to write freely in a casual setting as they collaborate with others.

Other Tidbits of Information!

1. Our Picture is on the CWP (California Writing Project) Facebook page!


2. If you would like to present at CATE (California Associate of Teachers of English) proposals can be submitted by Oct. 1st. This year's conference will be held in San Jose Feb. 20-Feb. 22.


3. Give Laurie a hardcopy of your daily log! She will be including these in the anthology.


4. Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo just won the Newberry Prize for best writing of the year!