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For Elementary School Students (grades 3-5)

Name of Workshop Objective Writing Assignment Readings, Videos, and Multimedia
Celebrating Setting (my dream bedroom)

Prose

Students will understand the role of setting in a narrative Students will write a fictional piece about their dream bedroom using that space to illustrate important aspects of their personalities. A Jar of Dreams

Yoshiko Uchida, Toy Story, Describe this house game,

Celebrating Characters  (Our Loved Ones) 

Prose

Students will understand direct and indirect characterization; Students will write a description of a loved one using direct and indirect characterization. Students will write about a person who is important to them, using both direct and indirect characterization. Feathers Jacqueline Woodson,

Luxo Jr. Pixar Video, Character Creator

Game

Celebrating Descriptive Language (Food Imagery)

Traditional Poetry

Students will practice imagery and descriptive language.  They will discuss their five senses and use them to describe a food item. Students will write their own poem about a food they love or hate.  They will describe this food using their five senses without telling the reader what their food is, until they reveal it at the end.  Their goal is to describe the food item so well, a reader can guess the food before it is revealed. Snowy Day, Sweet Delight (Open Books original poetry), Guess the object game, Lion King
Celebrating

Slam Poetry

Students will understand the characteristics of slam poetry and practice performance techniques, including volume, expression, and body language, when performing a poem they write. Students will write a poem about activity they care deeply about and then identify places in their writing where they can perform it with appropriate volume, expression, and/or body language. Various Shel Silverstein Poems, Cat Poem Brave new Voice LA Team 2015, I Can’t Read Lamont Carey, Mathematical Blues Nikoli
Celebrating Who Am I Bilingual Poetry Workshop. Students will explore what defines them as a school and as individuals. Students will write their own “I Am” poem using figurative language. Madlibs activity, group acrostic poem, Yo Soy by Tanya Calvin, Guardian Angel by Francisco Alcarón

 

For Middle/High School Students (grades 6-12)

Name of Workshop Objective Writing Assignment Readings, Videos, and Multimedia
Celebrating Plot (A Lesson I have Learned)

Prose

Students will reflect on lessons they have learned (through mistakes they have made) through a carefully curated series of games, activities, and readings. Students will write a nonfiction narrative about a time they failed and the life lesson they learned from the experience. A selection of fables plus excerpts from A Good Reason to Look Up by Shaquille O’Neal
Celebrating Simile and Metaphor

Traditional Poetry

Students will understand simile and metaphor and write/perform their own ‘How-To’ poem. Students will write their own ‘How-To’ poem about an activity they know how to do using simile and metaphor. How to eat a Poem Eve Merriam,

Make the Connection partner game, Salsa  Jorge Argueta

Celebrating

Slam Poetry

Students will understand the characteristics of slam poetry and practice performance techniques, including volume, expression, and body language, when performing a poem they write. Students will write a poem about activity they care deeply about and then identify places in their writing where they can perform it with appropriate volume, expression, and/or body language. Various Shel Silverstein Poems, Cat Poem Brave new Voice LA Team 2015, I Can’t Read Lamont Carey, Daddy Dozens Jamila Woods.