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Tutoring Writing


Week 5


Fourth Assignment due Tuesday, March 5 by 4 p.m.




Opener  WHAT is writing?  Why do you write?




1. How do YOU define writing?


2. What do YOU think writing is?


3. Why do YOU write?


4. What do YOU write?



5. Do any of the reasons in this list negatively affect you as a writer? Which ones and why?



1. pressure to be correct


Physical demands of forming letters when writing in print or cursive is hard. 

 Students feel pressure to spell words in standard spelling, use punctuation, grammar, and other conventions of written language correctly.

All of these diminish confidence in writing and enjoyment of expressing ideas in writing.


2. lack of confidence


Some writers fear the terror of the blank page—a feeling of not knowing what to write and this begins in the early grades and continues on through middle and high school

 It is very difficult for a child or teen or adult to write when they do not feel confident as a writer.


3. no joy


Students associate writing with worksheets to practice grammar and punctuation or with assignments from school.

 They fail to discover the joys of expressing ideas in writing because they often cannot choose what to write, a topic or a genre.


4. misdirected self-evaluation


“You will not like my writing,” one first grader told us at an after-school writing workshop, “it is too messy.”

He equated writing with neatness, but fine motor control skills prevented him from producing neatly arranged letters on a page.
If students learn to measure their proficiency as a writer by how they form letters, how they use writing conventions like capitals and punctuation, or how they spell, rather than by their ideas, they are not evaluating their writing at all. 


5. lack of interest


Some students want to engage with other students as they write rather than sitting alone. They may lack the ideas or confidence to write alone, especially when the writing topic is not of their choice.


6. mistaken beliefs of being smart


When students do not find writing pleasant or easy to do, they conclude they are not smart, setting in motion a downward cycle of negative feelings about being a writer and a learner. Students connect the ease and enjoyment of writing with being smart in school.





Workshop 1 Redefining Writing = Understanding Writing Differently


"While writing is an essentially creative intellectual process, it is often taught in schools as an exercise in memorizing, editing, and manipulating of words with an emphasis on standard spelling and correct usage of conventions." 
(National Writing Project & Nagin, 2006)


A writing process fit for young writers puts creativity, imagination, self-expression and confidence building first. 



6. LIST five ideas about Writing Process you hear throughout the video that might help you or someone you tutor to rethink what writing is and why we write.



   ISTE Digital Storytelling Network Conference (June 2020)

Sharon and Bob  03:15 - 10:29



7. If you were to earn a living as a writer, what kind of writing would you choose to learn?


     What jobs would you want to do as a writer?




Workshop 2 Writing is IDEAS created in our MINDS


Choose ONE writing genre from these 3 that you want to write!


Math Comics


Fiction or Nonfiction Digital Story


A Story COACHED by Pixar in a Box





Insert your writing into the learning log or email the link to Sharon.  sae@umass.edu


Email a clear photos of hand drawn comics. 


Math Comics



Write a Comic or a Story with Chi, the Math Cat.



Math Comics are short stories that integrate mathematical ideas and concepts. 




Math Comics





Write a comic using online tools or with paper and hand held tools.


Add a photo of your hand made comic or insert your online comic into the assignment.


Comic Creation TOOLS ONLINE:






Briana Ballformer TEAMS tutor and site coordinator, now a middle school math teacher utilizes writing and drawing for students to surprise her with their ideas.



Briana Ball's Math Comics








8. What surprised you about Briana's including writing in math?














Fiction or Nonfiction Digital Story Writing







Write a Fiction or Nonfiction Digital Story




Book Creator - eBook design app



 Storybird - visual storytelling & sharing tool



Picture Book Maker



My Storybook












Erich Leaper, history major, former TEAMS tutor and site coordinator, was teaching Ancient Greek myths to seventh graders online during the pandemic. Erich is a comic book reader and a story writer. After he read HIS story to students, he invited students to write theirs.


   ISTE Digital Storytelling Network Conference (June 202

Erich from 23:25 to 42;00



8. What surprised you about Erich including story writing in history?


Erich's questions to assist students' thoughts about their stories might inspire your thinking. READ them.

 Before writing, take some time to think and picture a story in your head.

  • Your story does not need to be about any specific character, place, or event.
  • This is your story to write, so be creative!!
  • Here are some questions to help you think about the story you are writing 


1) What kind of story do you want to write: fiction or nonfiction?


2) Where is the setting of the story: a real place or an imaginary world?


3) Who is the main character; who is the hero?


4) What genre/type of story do you want to tell (drama, comedy, romance, action, horror, etc.)?


5) Will it be set it the past, present, or future? 


6) What problem or issue does the main character face?



Create a Story with Pixar In A Box 


Write or type or draw a story of your own with the assistance of movie makers/storyteller/artists!



Pixar Studios created a tutorial about storytelling and writing.  





Choose what else you would like to view, use, do to create YOUR story:




8. What was helpful to your story writing offered in Pixar's The Art of Storytelling modules? 



  Big Idea Closer  EVERYONE is a Writer Right Now 


 9. List ideas, coaching strategies and inspiration you learned from the resources in this week's workshops that will be helpful to your writing.





Self Tutoring Invitation
-- November is National Novel Writing Month -- NaNoWriMo










Resources for Additional Learning


NOT part of the assignment






Questlove, musician, and S. A. Crosby, crime writer, pair to create a time travel adventure series for middle school readers 


Two videos show writing process classrooms. View each one.


      Writing Poetry

8In Writing Poetry, 2nd graders compose starting their process with pre-writing/brainstorming in a group with the teacher and ending in publishing by reading aloud to everyone. Viewing the other parts of the writing process they use as they compose, which parts did you find most surprising or interesting? Explain why.



9. In A Room of Writers, the 3rd grade teacher utilizes MANY techniques to help youngsters feel like a writer and show that they are writers. The first is that she writes and asks the children for revising ideas.

Did you experience this in any of your writing classes?

Bullet list 6 of the techniques to instruct and inspire the young writers that you think would have helped you as a young writer.

10. I learned from Bob Maloy to always bring some piece of my own writing, a poem or a comic or a story, to share with students and to ask what they might add or change in my poem, comic or story.


What do you think are the benefits to students' mindsets and beliefs about themselves as writers from hearing a read aloud of a piece of your creative writing and being asked for THEIR suggestions to help you?








Different world writing systems and relative usage by Planemad

Different world writing systems and relative usage by Planemad


The World's Writing Systems



Quiz: Can You Recognize All of These World Writing Systems?



Animated Map Shows How the World's First Written Languages Spread, Business Insider










 J Z's interview Fresh Air NPR from 5:08-6:08




Writing Process Fit for Digital Storytellers in Remote Settings


Presenter Page:  Writing Process Fit for Digital Storytellers in Remote Settings by Sharon Edwards, Robert Maloy, Torrey Trust, Marissa Best, Briana Ball, Erich Leaper and Tyler Volpe-Knock


8. What surprised you about Erich including writing in history that you learned from his video?


Part Two: Tyler and Briana


Bob Maloy's Hide-a-Word Poem or "Word Mystery Theater".

To see what words Bob has hidden in the poem, read the blue letters from top to bottom.



Going to be creative

Or at least interesting--

Otherwise my

Grade will be

Lower than the

Excellence I relentlessly


Demand from myself.

Oh, is this a

Constant quest or a lingering curse?

Stay tuned to see how I do!



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Hear Kwame Alexander Newshour Interview


What did you learn about poetry and writing poetry from hearing Kwame Alexander?



 You can see models of different formats on the following wiki pages:














Comic featuring SUPERHERO Micro-Face! 


Micro-Face, a superhero created by Al Ulmer who gave the hero AUDIO superpowers long before the technology in the mask was used as it is today!

 Alex Segura and Jerry Ordway have composed a new comic with the mask updated today!


In Week 2 of TEAMS we asked what you would create or invent. Here's a creation brought back to life!



Here's the NEW edition of the comic with a story of how the comic was found!



"Everyone owns the old version of Micro-Face. But today, for the first time, Planet Money is announcing a new version that we can truly (and legally) call our own. Sam Salazar is a talented young business radio reporter — yes there will be economics learning — who is chasing the story of a lifetime. In the process, he discovers his grandfather had a secret life as a Golden Age superhero. Join Sam as he uncovers his family history, digs into a complicated business plot about private equity and takes up the mantle of his grandfather, the original Micro-Face."


See an original copy of the comic here:




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