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Summer Writing Intensive Institute 2016

ENGL 600

The Summer Institute offers participants a place to read and discuss ideas about the teaching of writing and using writing to teach—plus time to write. Participants will learn a variety of instructional strategies that use writing to improve reading comprehension and content learning and will also engage in writing themselves as a way to reconnect with the process of writing as students experience it. Through the reading, writing, and research conducted during the Summer Institute, participants will develop leadership capacity in teaching writing aligned with and exceeding the Common Core State Standards.

The Red River Valley Writing Project is a site of the National Writing Project, a 40-year-old organization dedicated to improving student writing through a model of “teachers teaching teachers.” The NWP is a professional development network that serves teachers of writing at all grade levels, primary through university, and in all subjects. The mission of the NWP is to improve student achievement by improving the teaching of writing and improving learning in the nation’s schools.


  • Participants will grow in the understanding of teaching and learning writing through reading current research and theory, reflecting upon their own writing processes and workshop experiences, and learning from other experienced teachers.
  • Participants will demonstrate growth in giving response to writers by modeling responses in class and by describing appropriate classroom strategies.
  • Participants will become familiar with a wide range of print and on-line materials for teacher development and instructional use.
  • Participants will develop leadership capacity in teaching writing and using writing to help students learn.
  • Participants will develop a better understanding of the Common Core State Standards, including its affordances and limitations.
  • Participants will create their own teaching demonstrations (after seeing teaching demonstrations by Red River Valley Writing Project teacher consultants) which will be aligned with and exceed the Common Core State Standards.

Texts & Readings:

  • Marchetti, Allison, and Rebekah O'Dell. Writing with Mentors: How to Reach Every Writer in the Room Using Current, Engaging Mentor Texts. Portsmouth: Heinemann, 2015.
  • Selected articles and reports.
  • One professional book of each participant’s choice. In terms of locating additional readings, there will be a library for participants to browse.