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Tutoring Writing Virtual Class

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 Copy Week 5 assignment from Sharon's log into your learning log:









Tutoring Writing class 6

Assignment 5 due Tuesday, March 8 by 4 p.m.






Class Opener  WHAT is writing?  Why do we write?


Writing Tools Image by Pete O'Shea

Writing Tools Image by Pete O'Shea

1. How do YOU define writing?


2. What do YOU think writing is?


3. Why do YOU write?


4. What do YOU write?









Students and ADULTS may not enjoy writing because of some of these reasons: 


1. pressure to be correct


Physical demands of forming letters when writing in print or cursive can be intensely laborious. Students feel pressure to spell words in standard spelling, use punctuation, grammar, and other conventions of written language correctly, diminishing confidence in writing and also enjoyment from expressing ideas in writing.


2. lack of confidence


Some writers feel the terror of the blank page—a feeling of not knowing what to write that begins in the early grades and continues on through middle and high schoolIt is very difficult for a child to write when they do not feel confident as a writer.


3. no joy


Students associate writing with worksheets devoted to grammar and punctuation or with research reports about teacher-assigned topicsThey fail to discover the joys of expressing ideas using written language because they often cannot choose their topic or their 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.
Students learn to measure their proficiency as a writer by mechanics alone, how they form letters, how they use writing conventions like capitals and punctuation, or how they spell, rather than by their ideas or what they might say.


5. lack of interest


Some students want to be up and moving around, engaged with other students, sometimes to the distraction of the teacher and others in class. They 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.


5. Do any of these six reasons negatively affect you as a writer? Which ones and why?




Workshop 1 Redefining Writing --Viewing 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. 



   ISTE Digital Storytelling Network Conference (June 2020)

Sharon and Bob  01:10 - 10:54


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



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?




Choose ONE of the following types of writing that you want to write!


Choice 1: Math Comics


Choice 2: Fiction or Nonfiction Digital Story


Choice 3: A Story COACHED by Pixar in a Box


Include the story in the assignment


Insert your writing into the learning log or email the link. Email a clear photo of hand drawn comics.






Choice 1: Math Comics



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


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:







8. What surprised you about Briana's including writing in math that you learned from her video?





Choice 2: Fiction or Nonfiction Digital Story







Write a Fiction or Nonfiction Digital Story




Erich Leaper, history major, former TEAMS tutor and site coordinator, was teaching Ancient Greek myths to seventh graders last spring. He is a comic book reader and a story writer. After he shared his story idea with students, he created these questions to assist students' thoughts about stories they would compose.


   ISTE Digital Storytelling Network Conference (June 202

Erich from 23:25 to 42;00


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


Read the questions to know if they assist your thinking.


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?




  • Storybird - visual storytelling & sharing tool





Choice 3: A Story Using Pixar In A Box  


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







Pixar Studios created a whole tutorial about storytelling and writing. The url above is one of the important to see first.

You 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  You are a Writer Right Now 


 9. What was helpful to your writing from all of the resources and ideas in this week's assignment?










NOT part of the assignment


Two videos show writing process in 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















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, also known as 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!




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



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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:





TEAMS list of ideas, resources, methods for tutoring:


    Multiple Modes of Learning

           Growth Mindset/Fixed Mindset  

                  Montessori’s Principles

                         Bloom’s Taxonomy


Tutoring Others-


 Answer these questions first:

Who are you tutoring and what are you tutoring? 

  Why does the person(s) want tutoring? WHAT IS THE LEARNING GOAL?

Are you tutoring 2 hrs a week? 


Then in 3 paragraphs describe what you are using and doing from the TEAMS list

to help the person you are tutoring.





Answer these questions first:

What are you self-tutoring?

Why did you choose this? (If you are doing two things, answer for each one.)

Are you self-tutoring 2 hours/week to pursue your learning goals? What are those goals? 


Then in 3 paragraphs describe what you are using and doing from the

TEAMS list

to tutor yourself.













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