The Common Core State Standards require rigor in both reading and writing. They seek to engage students with high-quality, complex literary and informational texts in all content areas. They also address the need for writing that is coherent, well supported, and skillfully crafted, and an understanding of language that adds depth to reading and writing. This webinar provides methods to help students meet these standards.
The webinar will introduce two resources that teach voice, or style: Discovering Voice for middle and high school and Voice Lessons for upper high school, AP, and IB students. Both books cover the elements of voice (diction, detail, imagery, figurative language, syntax, and tone), using short but complex quotes, discussion questions for close reading, and application exercises stressing writing craft. These resources provide students with guided practice in close reading and support as they incorporate expert writers’ thoughtful techniques into their own writing. Although the quotes in these books are most appropriate for LA teachers, there are quotes suitable for science and social studies classrooms; and the skills of close reading and accomplished writing are essential for students in all content areas. This webinar supports CCSS in reading, writing, and language, grades 6-12.
Nancy Dean, Ed.S., is professor emerita at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, University of Florida. During her 40 years in education, she taught middle and high school English language arts, reading, history, and special ed. She is also an experienced literacy coach and curriculum specialist. Committed to school reform and meaningful professional development, Nancy has worked with teachers and school leaders in urban and rural schools throughout the U.S. She is an Associate Director of the National Literacy Project and the author of Voice Lessons (2000), Discovering Voice (2006), and several books on adolescent literacy.