Writer as Reader: Discovering New Ways into the Text

Writer as Reader: Discovering New Ways into the Text
"Every single practice will help facilitate student and teacher thinking.  I love the variety and the deliberate nature of these strategies that are keys to unlocking understanding and to extending exploration and thought."

--High School English Teacher, Writing to Learn participant

November 2, 2018

2018 Writer as Readers are scheduled for September 28th and November 2nd.
Watch this space for more information!

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

November 3, 2017 Workshop

Among the key criteria for English/Language Arts is a focus on the close reading of texts—preparing students to read more carefully, grasp the meaning in more complex texts, and to infer meaning from what they read. IWT’s “Writer as Reader” workshops model writing practices that support close reading and Common Core standards in all subjects, and invite secondary and college teachers to consider “writing to read” as a central classroom practice, one that shows rather than tells students how writing clarifies meaning in literary, historical, and nonfiction texts. These techniques are the starting point for each workshop.

IWT workshops also invite readers to find their own ways into a text. Working with diverse writing-to-read strategies, workshop participants discover what they bring to the text, what is noticeable in the text and what is inferred, and what questions the text poses.
This year we will include sessions on novels, poetry, nonfiction, historical documents, STEM texts, and other media. As educators have come to expect, these workshops focus on putting texts into conversations with other texts, with historical events, and digital media.  The “Writer as Reader” workshops also model writing and reading activities that can focus class discussion, help students engage with difficult material, and emphasize the social character of all learning.

Humans as Subjects: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 
and the Ethics of Scientific Research 

Reading Orwell’s 1984 in 2017

Open Borders: Pinholes in the Night: Essential Poems
from Latin America 
and Poems of Alfonso D'Aquino

Dear James: Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Enduring Power
of Baldwin’s Urgent Historicism

Spectacle and Propaganda:
The Hunger Games and "Fake News"

Strange Art, Uncivil Inheritance:
Reading Beyoncé and Butler Where “We” Are

The Space Between: The Risks of Anthropomorphism and
Other Literary Tricks that Deepen Mathematical Discourse


The Challenges of Teaching the Genre of Testimony:
New Classroom Approaches to Elie Wiesel’s Night     

Graphic Novels at the Intersections of the Personal and the
Political: Writers as Readers of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis