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Don't forget to Register for the OWP "Write to Learn" Back-to-School Drive-In 

Bring a Friend and come for FREE!

August 28, 20108:30 a.m. -12:50 p.m.

Cross Timbers Elementary1111 W HighlandTecumseh, Oklahoma 74873


OWP "Write to Learn" 
Back-to-School Drive-in Conference
Conference Sessions Listed Below:

>“Syntax and Voice: Creating a Relationship with Syntax”
>Jenny Scott Beathard, Fletcher High School, Fletcher Public Schools
>Start with a question or a statement? Have a  run-on sentence? What is the best 
>solution—divide and conquer with two separate sentences; perhaps create a 
>cumulative sentence using a well placed dash or semicolon?  Does it make a 
>difference to your reader? Ultimately sentence structure and fluency help create 
>our own voice. Teachers will study and evaluate sentences creating their own 
>sentences to better understand the workings of syntax and voice.
>“From Cocoon to Butterfly: Using Children’s Books in Writing”
>Rebecca Borden, Norman High School, Norman Public Schools
>Are you hungry to motivate students to want to write? A great way to foster 
>writing skills at any grade level or subject area is using children’s books. 
>Through children’s literature, teachers can inspire students to build 
>vocabulary, create found poetry, and create their own books both by hand and by 
>using digital media.
>“Classrooms Without Borders: Strategies for Enhancing ELL Learning in the 
>Classroom ”
>Eloisa Briones, University of Oklahoma
>Do you look at your ELL student as a problem? When an English language learner 
>enters our classroom, it can be overwhelming for a teacher. We don’t know what 
>to do. Let’s cross the border and welcome them into our classroom. Here are some  
>activity-based tips to get you started.
>“From Play Dough to Paragraphs: Promoting and Assessing Writing Growth in 
>theEarly Childhood Classroom”
>Amy Carruth, Truman Elementary, Norman Public Schools
>The early childhood classroom is the perfect environment for a young children to 
>begin their journey as a writer. Using student examples and current research, 
>this presentation provides simple yet effective activities that will promote 
>writing growth in young students. Objectives include: 1) to clearly define the  
>developmental stages of writing most commonly found in pre-kindergarten, 
>kindergarten, and first and second grade classrooms; 2) to provide activities 
>that will promote writing growth for each stage of writing development; and 3) 
>to provide meaningful writing assessments for each stage of writing development.
>“Digging for Diamonds: How to get the Best Writing from Your Special Education 
>Julie Fisher, Whittier Middle School, Norman Public Schools
>Participants will leave with techniques for writing with special education 
>students. These are activities to use with general education classes and 
>specifically with special education classes or co-taught classes.
>“The Writing Process: Reaching Struggling Children in Poverty”
>Stacey Howard, Cross Timber Elementary, Tecumseh Public Schools
>For children who live in poverty, the value of education is crucial. Fostering 
>learning and ensuring a sound future are vital components to breaking the cycle 
>of poverty. Participants will explore the writing process and the Six Traits of 
>Writing in a variety of different modes to further develop student writing.
>“Catching Lightning Bugs: Illuminating Students’ Writing with Word Choice”
>Ann Judah, Red Oak Elementary, Moore Public Schools
>Despite their higher vocabularies, students of all ages tend to rely on dull and 
>overused words. This presentation will provide PASS aligned strategies and 
>lessons using graphic organizers, magazines, and literature to help develop 
>students’ ability to catch those elusive ‘just right’ words.
>“Secondhand Skin: Teaching Tolerance and Broadening Student Perspective Through 
>Writing ”
>Lauren Kelley, Harding Charter Preparatory High School
>Questions surrounding issues such as race, religion, gender, and socio-economic 
>level are posed by students and teachers at all levels. Although these may be 
>difficult to answer, we as educators can capitalize on these opportunities to 
>foster tolerance and  open-mindedness in our students. Through writing of 
>varying types, students are able to form evolved opinions and ideals concerning 
>issues of diversity in an ever-changing world.
>“Ready, Set, Write ...”
>Donna McMullen, Lake Park Elementary, Putnam City Public Schools
>This Oklahoma Writing Project presentation, based on current  brain research and 
>effective teaching strategies, will take the participants through the writing 
>process with an emphasis on prewriting, figurative language, and point of view. 
> This workshop incorporates art and technology to engage learners and help 
>develop organized writing.
>“NO BONES ABOUT IT- Writing is Fun!!!”
>Susan Phillips, Winding Creek Elementary, Moore Public Schools
>Using a skeleton graphic organizer is a fun and exciting  approach to get young 
>writers to write and "put the flesh on the bones."  Participants will leave with 
>a new technique for using story elements to aide students when writing their own 
>stories, but also when reading stories that others have written.  
>“Rolling Out the Welcome Mat: Making Life Easier for the English Language 
>Darcy Pippins, Norman High School, Norman Public Schools
>Have you had ELL students in your  classroom that you just couldn’t connect 
>with? Are you at your wit’s end trying to get them motivated to do anything?  
>This workshop will provide you with tools to engage and motivate your students 
>and differentiate your curriculum using role-play and vocabulary building 
>“Expository Writing? Why it’s Elementary, My  Dear!”
>Michelle Seybolt, Eisenhower Elementary, Norman Public Schools
>We encounter expository writing everyday: newspapers, articles, directions, etc. 
>Students need to be comfortable interacting with and producing pieces of 
>expository writing. Using the writing process we can ensure student success with 
>expository writing.
>“Write What You Know: Motivating the Unmotivated in your Classroom”
>Melanie Vincent, All Saints Catholic School
>Unmotivated students often struggle with writing. It is a challenge for many 
>teachers to get these students engaged in the writing process. Activities which 
>require students to think and write about their own life experiences have proven 
>successful with reluctant writers. This presentation will model such activities 
>through the use of student examples and direct instruction. Because students 
>enjoy talking and writing about themselves, the activities work well with all 
>ability and motivation levels. The use of these writing activities also 
>encourages students to engage in higher-level thinking and discussions.
>“Research Remix”
>Alison Wilson, Moore West Junior High, Moore Public Schools
>For many students at all levels of education, the research process can be
>daunting. From brainstorming a topic to using research skills that result in a 
>synthesized final product, researching is a complex and often overwhelming task. 
>Objectives are: 1) to  demonstrate the connection between research and PASS 
>objectives, writing skills, and inquiry; 2) to introduce and model a multi-genre 
>research project (MGRP) that challenges and motivates students to achieve 
>higher-level thinking; and 3) to suggest how an MGRP can be used to engage 
>students in content throughout many grade levels and subjects.

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OWP "Write to Learn" Back-to-School Drive-in Conference
August 28, 2010
8:30 a.m. -12:50 p.m.

Cross Timbers Elementary
1111 W Highland
Tecumseh, Oklahoma 74873

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Audra Plummer  M. Ed.
National Board Certified Teacher
Co-Director of Inservice
Oklahoma Writing Project
University of Oklahoma
Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education
338 Cate Center Drive, Room 190
Norman, Oklahoma 73019
Phone: 405-401-1348

FAX: 405-325-7841

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