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    Michelle A. B. Gallegos
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What Preparing to Write: Layers of Success Offers
Year at a Glance

  • A presenter with a rich knowledge of writing and writing instruction;
  • Writing instruction that works with K-12 students and their teachers;
  • An approach that works with special needs students (special education, English language learners, and gifted-talented);
  • Years of consistent and proven growth in students? writing, motivation, higher-level thinking, skill development, and test scores;
  • An approach that honors individual learning styles of students (and individual presentation styles of teachers);
  • A framework of instruction that spirals each year so that students continue to build upon their accomplishments and increase their achievement;
  • Common language that teaches consistent vocabulary across the grade levels;
  • A workshop environment which allows teachers to become knowledgeable and confident to duplicate this process in their classrooms;
  • Methods that can be incorporated into any previously purchased materials;
  • Positive, challenging, and effective mentoring of teachers and their work in the classroom;
  • Manageable and meaningful strategies to prepare students for standardized testing;
  • A fun and authentic way to foster pride and excellence in every student.

Year at a Glance

LAYER ONE ? Preparing to Write
Establish Routines of a Writer - Including Entering

   First 4-6 Weeks of school (especially first year of training)

  1. Read Aloud
    • Through Writing (literal & inferential)
    • Through Reading
  2. Writing Sample(s)
  3. Welcome Frustration Point
  4. Understand a Collection
  5. Set Up Notebooks
    • Portfolio
    • Learning Log
    • Writer?s Notebook
  6. Rough Draft Format
  7. Respond in Sentence Format (Game On)
    • Oral
    • Written
    • X3 When Possible
  8. Daily Conventions (Daily Oral Language)
  9. Starters
  10. Stretchers (can also begin in Layer Two)
  11. Modeling a Mini-Lesson
  12. Modeling Exercises
LAYER TWO ? Adding Direct Instruction
Idea * Sentence Fluency * Piece vs. Story

   Weeks 7-12

  1. Idea
    • Focus-In
    • Show don?t Tell (or Show Your Tell)
    • Eliminate Label Words
    • Weigh the Details
      • Fiction
      • Non-fiction
  2. Sentence Fluency
    • First Word Variety
    • Roller Coaster (graphing)
    • Genre and Character Influences on Fluency
  3. Piece or Story ?

LAYER THREE ? Putting It All Together (Overlaps with Layer Four)Constructing/Critiquing/Revising/Editing/Publishing

   Weeks 13 - Varies (6 weeks minimum)

  1. Build a Theme Collection - Begin/Expand a variety of exercises with the same theme (for example, "place")
    • Hold students accountable for former skills (i.e. idea, sentence fluency...) as writing is constructed
    • Practice a variety of formats to express a similar theme
    • Alternate mini-lessons/exercises between chosen theme (place) and word choice (Layer3 #2)
  2. Word Choice - Reinforce any previously learned strategies (for example, label words) while also developing other word strategies that include (but are not limited to):
    • Choosing Strong Verbs (all grades) and mastering other parts of speech (grade appropriate) for specific purposes of developing voice
    • Flavoring ideas with figurative language
    • Use word tools
      • Thesaurus / Word Lists / Dictionary...
      • Technology
      • People
LAYER FOUR ? Organization
Formats Including (but not limited to):
  1. Expository - e-tree (what/why/how)
  2. Narrative - (including t-tree for story)
  3. Descriptive - d-tree
  4. Poetry
  5. Testing
All formats should be introduced with fiction and non-fiction content.


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