PUSD Writing Project - Volume 1 Issue 14 - November 16, 2015

Writing Workshop November Goals

  • To implement daily writing conferences using the Research-Decide-Teach format.
  • To create a system to keep track of daily writing conferences.
  • To take time once a week during independent writing to write (collect, plan, draft, revise, edit...and not necessarily in that order) alongside your students.
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Shout Outs

Check out what's happening in our PUSD Trailblazer writing workshops. Send us photos from your workshops to share!

Online Food for Thought

Writing Lab #2: All About Writing Conferences

During our second Writing Lab, Trailblazers read through chapter 8 in a Guide to the Common Core Writing Workshop. Each group took one of the four parts of conferring and created a posted. Below are the four visuals created by fellow trailblazers. We have already started coaching into this Trailblazer goal, which will be a focus of ours for the months of November, December, and January.
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Websites & Blogs Worth Following

Columbia University's Teachers College Reading & Writing Project has a collection of classroom videos on Vimeo that take you inside reading and writing workshops at various grade levels. Check them out here:

This Month: PiBoIdMo and NaNoWriMo

Books You Won't Want to Miss

Important Dates - Mark Your Calendars!!!


Join us for our 2015-2016 Trailblazer Writing Labs! You won't want to miss these ongoing opportunities to come together as a community of writers and teachers of writing to dive deeper into various aspects of writing instruction.

These labs will be held on the B Mondays listed below from 2:00 to 3:30 P.M. at McKInley TK-8 School of the Arts. Attendance is voluntary. Goodies will be given away at each lab to those who participate. Let's keep the energy alive!

#1 September 21, 2015 ~ Architecture of a Minilesson

#2 November 16, 2015 ~ Writing Conferences

#3 January 25, 2016 ~ Qualities of Writing/Mentor Texts

#4 February 29, 2016 ~ Small Group Work

#5 April 18, 2016 ~ Student Work & Resource Share

WRITING UNIT PLANNING RELEASE TIME (see calendar invite for details)

November 2, 2015 ~ Norma Coombs Grades 4 & 5

November 9, 2015 ~ Norma Coombs Grades 1 & 2

November 16, 2015 ~ McKinley & Wilson Grades 6 to 8

December 8, 2015 ~ McKinley Grades 2 to 5

December 9, 2015 ~ Norma Coombs Grades 1, 2, 4, 5

December 10, 2015 ~ Madison Grades K to 2

February 16, 2015 ~ McKinley Grades 2 to 5

February 17, 2015 ~ Norma Coombs Grades 1, 2, 4, 5

February 18, 2015 ~ Madison Grades K to 2

Note: If you don't see your school or grade level listed, we're likely still working out the details.


We have finally secured subs to provide each of you with a day to visit a school that is deep in writing workshop implementation. You will see writing workshop in action in the classroom, walk-through a handful of classrooms to get learning environment/room arrangement ideas, and participate in a writing PD with us. It will be a great day of learning together! More information to come in the calendar invite.

December 1, 2015 ~ All NCES Trailblazers + Madison Kinder Trailblazers

December 3, 2015 ~ McKinley & Wilson Middle School Trailblazers

December 15, 2015 ~ McKinley Gr. 2-5 Trailblazers + Madison Gr. 1-2 Trailblazers