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JUNE 2014

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Sunday, June 8th

Writing Teachers Write

A monthly literary reading series featuring Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Consultants and other local writers reading from their own work. (Open to the Public)

Expressions Gallery  3:00-4:30 p.m.

2035 Ashby Avenue @ Adeline in Berkeley (very close to Ashby BART)

Friday, June 13th

East Bay Write Easy

Writing Group for Teachers (Open to the Public)

Mudraker’s Cafe 4:00-6:00 p.m.2801 Telegraph Ave at Stuart in Berkeley, CA

Join us to write, share, chat, eat, drink and warm ourselves with words and with other teachers and writers. We’ll offer prompts, but you are always free to write what you want and need to write. We use the Amherst Writers and Artists response guidelines to give feedback to our fresh, unedited work.

Bring your pen, your computer, a prompt to share and get your writing on!

Monday, June 16th – Friday, June 20th

Teaching Grammar Rhetorically

A BAWP sponsored workshop – find out more information here (Open to the Public)

Grades: Secondary / College

Instructor: Nelson Graff

Monday – Friday

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $500

(2 optional credit units from Sonoma State University)

This course will focus on alternatives to the traditional grammar teaching approaches of sentence parsing and labeling.  According to the California Common Core Standards, students “must come to appreciate that language is as at least as much a matter of craft as of rules and be able to choose words, syntax, and punctuation to express themselves and achieve particular functions and rhetorical effects.”  We will consider grammar from the perspectives of both correctness and sentence power, examining how syntax functions rhetorically and how we can help students engage strategically and mindfully with language as they read and write.

Tuesday, June 17th – Friday, June 20th

Bringing the Argumentative Essay to Life

A BAWP sponsored workshop – find out more information here (Open to the Public)

Grades: 6-12

Instructors: Katherine Suyeyasu and Stan Pesick

Tuesday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $400

(1 optional credit unit from Sonoma State University)

Helping students develop the academic literacy, thinking, and discussion skills necessary to write a thoughtful and coherent argumentative essay holds a place of privilege in the Common Core State Standards. This course will focus on the development and writing of an argument in both history and ELA classrooms. We will explore, with an eye on student work: 1) how to develop a strong argumentative writing prompt, 2) how to thoughtfully analyze evidence, 3) how to, help students connect claim, evidence, and reasoning in support of an argument, and how to support this work with academic discourse structures.

To bring this work to life, participants will write a historical argument and also develop an argumentative writing lesson for their own classroom. This class will provide an opportunity for history and ELA teachers to discuss and reflect upon what mutually supportive instruction, which fosters strong argumentative writing skills, might look and how to build bridges across the disciplines.

Saturday, June 20th


A Picnic for BAWP TCs and their families (Closed to the Public)

BAWP would like to celebrate the end of the school year with you!  We’d like to thank all of you who have worked so hard to make this year successful and give everyone a chance to reconnect, say hello to the incoming fellows and just relax!

We’ve reserved the Big Rock Picnic Area at Lake Temescal Regional Park for  a low-key picnic and BBQ.  Bring your family and friends!

Date: June 21st

Where: Big Rock Picnic Area at Lake Temescal Regional Park

Time:  From 10:00 am. to 5:00 p.m.   Come whenever you like; we’ll start grilling around noon.

What to Bring: Please bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share.  We will provide grilling supplies and grill-ables (meat & vegetarian options).

A few things to know about Temescal:  It is located next to the junction of highways 24 and 13 in Oakland.  There are playgrounds and a swimming beach (with lifeguards on duty) for the kids.   Our picnic area, Big Rock, is handicapped accessible.   Parking at the South End (near Broadway Terrace) is the closest.


Monday, June 23rd – Wednesday, July 16th

BAWP Invitational Summer Institute – 2014

The nomination process has now closed for the 2014 Summer Invitational Institute. Check back next Fall for information on our 2015 Institute.

BAWP’s Annual Invitational Summer Institute is an opportunity to look closely at your own writing and student writing, to explore issues and ideas in the teaching of writing, to work toward becoming teacher leaders, and to share classroom practices or activities.  Fellows who complete the annual institute become teacher-consultants (TCs) of the Bay Area and National Writing Projects and a member of a vibrant community of educators.

Monday, June 23rd – Friday, June 27th

All About Context: Common Core Writing Workshop for K-2 English Language Learners

A BAWP sponsored workshop – find out more information here (Open to the Public)

Grades: K-2

Instructor: Michelle Kellman

Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

Fee: $300

(1 optional credit unit from Sonoma State University)

English learners succeed at writing when they have a content and language-rich environment to draw from–when writing is taught in the context of learning about science, social studies, literature, and the arts. This course will offer an in-depth look at how to create a workshop-style writing curriculum that helps K-2 students develop their language skills, meet the demands of the Common Core writing and language standards, and experience the joys of writing. Participants will come away with a wealth of practical tools and techniques to use in their classrooms.

Monday, June 23rd – Friday, June 27th

Write to Teach: Summer Writing Workshop (held in Larkspur, CA)

A BAWP sponsored workshop – find out more information here (Open to the Public)

Grades: All

Instructors: Meredith Pike-Baky

Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fee: $300

Join us for a week of mornings writing, sharing, reflecting, reading, and revising. Become a better writer and a better teacher of writing. This workshop offers rich opportunities for teachers at all grade levels and any writing experience level to explore a range of writing genres and practical, classroom-tested writing strategies. The workshop fosters a warm and encouraging community of writers where participants read inspiring models, collaborate in small groups and collect ideas and materials for teaching. This year we’ll feature strategies for information and argument writing, reflected in the Common Core Standards. This class sits solidly on the Bay Area Writing Project’s belief that teachers become better teachers of writing by writing themselves. Participants contribute to an in-class anthology. Class held in Larkspur.

Monday, June 23rd – Friday, June 27th

Developing a Writer’s Voice: Camp for Teenagers

A BAWP sponsored camp for Teens – find out more information here (Open to the Public)

1-4 p

UC Berkeley, Tolman Hall (Room TBA)

Instructor: Stephanie Travaille

Join us for a week of writing, sharing, and publishing your own poetry and prose. We will explore ourselves as writers and play with writer’s voice and perspective through a variety of daily writing exercises. Small writing groups will provide the chance for feedback and reflection. By the end of the week, all participants will publish at least one piece of writing.

Thursday, June 26th

Children’s Literature

A BAWP sponsored workshop – find out more information here(Open to the Public)

Grades: K – 2

Instructor: Siu-Mui Woo


9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $150

This one-day workshop is for K-2 teachers interested in learning ways to use children’s literature to teach narrative, informational and opinion types of writing. Participants will develop, collaborate on and share mini-lessons and writing ideas. They will be introduced to the following:

  • Connections to oral language, reading and writing, especially for English Language Learners, in the Common Core State Standards
  • Introduction to engaging literature which will facilitate narrative, informational, and opinion writing
  • Demonstration of mini-lessons in writer’s workshop
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