July Workshop

Writing Retreat for Teachers

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In response to requests from teachers who have participated in IWT workshops and now want to give time to their own writing in a congenial environment, we offer this workshop. Working independently, with partners, or in writing groups on fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, participants have an opportunity to write, read, and reflect in beautiful surroundings. [...]

Thinking Historically through Writing: Justice and the Courts in American Democracy

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“Considering the vast differences between those who attended high school in 1917 and the near-universal enrollments of today, the stability of students’ ignorance is amazing,” Sam Wineburg writes in Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts. “The whole world has turned on its head, but one thing has stayed the same: kids don’t know history.” [...]

Writing to Learn in the STEM Disciplines

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With its focus on mathematical and scientific texts, this workshop presents writing strategies that help students gain a better understanding of complex ideas. Specific STEM-related writing practices, which can be used in the classroom or homework assignments, support close reading of texts of all genres—lab reports, word problems, geometrical equations, etc. -- and allow students [...]

Revolutionary Grammar

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Everyone—inside and outside the academic community—has an opinion about grammar. Parents, CEOs, and, of course, teachers worry that students graduate from high school and college without understanding the rules of grammar. But what does it mean to know grammar? If it were simply a matter of learning rules, teachers would not be struggling to [...]

Poetry: Lyric Investigations Across Disciplines (Not offered July 2017)

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Poetry: Lyric Investigation Across Disciplines encourages teachers from all disciplines to investigate the many ways that poetry can be used in classrooms. Participants in this workshop will consider how poetry helps students engage with biology, grammar, math, science texts, and more.  We'll consider how the imagination in particular helps students excel at a higher [...]

Inquiry into Essay

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This workshop is designed for teachers who are familiar with the invention strategies introduced in “Writing and Thinking” or “Writing to Learn” (or in similar workshops elsewhere) and who want to concentrate on helping students write essays. More than other IWT workshops, “Inquiry into Essay” focuses on the analytic essay as a finished product, emphasizing [...]

Creative Nonfiction: Telling the Truth

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Creative nonfiction reports back to us from what we call the real world, its subject matter “documentable. . . as opposed to ‘invented’ from the writer’s mind,” as Barbara Lounsberry puts it. Its subgenres are many: the personal essay; the essay of place; nature writing; family portraits; memoir; and writing about war, travel, adventure, food, [...]

Applying the Practices

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Teachers see the potential of IWT practices for improving student writing, thinking, and learning and they look forward to using them in their classrooms, but teachers can also leave the workshop with questions about applications: How do I sequence several writing practices—such as focused free writing, double-entry notebooks, believing and doubting—around a text or group [...]

Teaching the Academic Paper

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Teaching the Academic Paper While we can all recognize good academic writing, especially in our own disciplines, it is more difficult to establish reasonable and professionally-responsible standards for students’ academic papers. This workshop helps to bridge that gap. This workshop explores what we value in academic writing, re-examines how we define it, and offers writing to [...]

Writing and Thinking through Technology

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Writing and Thinking through Technology This version of the weeklong Writing and Thinking workshop invites participants to immerse themselves in IWT’s basic writing practices, reflect on their own experiences as teachers, and consider the impact that technology now undeniably has on the way we conceive and use writing both inside and outside the classroom. This [...]

Writing to Learn

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This workshop presents writing strategies that help students gain a better understanding of complex ideas, historical documents, literary texts, and mathematical problems.