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One-Day Workshop:
Genre Choice: Increasing Engagement in Writing / A Virtual Workshop

Presented by Matt Glover

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During this virtual workshop, we'll explore strategies for making craft and process studies easier to teach and be more effective for your students by troubleshooting common challenges related to these craft, process, and genre units.

Using video clips and writing samples, we'll start the day by exploring seven key reasons why choice of genre is crucial for writers. We'll examine the importance of including units that allow for choice of genre, and look at the difference between craft studies, process studies, and genre studies. You'll learn how to create a pathway for including these types of units in your year, even if you don’t think you can.

We'll troubleshoot some common issues that occur with craft and process studies, including:

  • Creating clear goals that help teachers decide what to teach day by day
  • Pulling stacks of texts, or finding alternatives when a stack doesn't exist
  • Conferring with students when they're writing in different genres

You'll learn how to design these units by actually going through the process for projecting units that allow for choice of genre. You'll start by projecting one of the possible craft studies, starting with a stack of texts and designing a whole unit, and then go on to project a process study. You'll use a protocol for examining your own process and the process of published authors to generate teaching points for a process study.

By the end of the day, you'll be equipped to design any craft or process study and use a variety of strategies to positively impact student engagement and their quality of writing.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Understand how choice of genre directly impacts student engagement
  • Explore specific craft and process studies that provide students with choice of genre
  • Learn how to create and use stacks of mentor texts for craft and process studies
  • Examine strategies to make conferring in craft and process studies more efficient and effective
  • Experience a process for designing these studies to allow you to make responsive decisions

About the Presenter

Matt Glover has been a teacher, principal, author, and consultant for over thirty years. His most recent book is Craft and Process Studies: Units that Provide Writers with Choice of Genre. He is the coauthor, with Kathy Collins, of I Am Reading; the author of Engaging Young Writers; coauthor, with Mary Alice Berry, of Projecting Possibilities for Writers; and coauthor, with Katie Wood Ray, of Already Ready, a video-enhanced ebook that combines video and text to examine conferring with young writers. Along with Ellin Oliver Keene, Matt is the coeditor of The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays about Children, Learning, and Teaching. A nationally known literacy consultant, Matt frequently speaks on topics related to nurturing writers, early reading, and supporting children's intellectual development.

Who Should Attend?

Classroom teachers of grades K-6, literacy specialists, administrators, and curriculum leaders.


Each workshop will run from 8:30am-3:30pm; please make note of the time zone! Log in at least 15 minutes early to give yourself time to get set up.


The cost of this workshop is $209.00 per person.

Your Privacy

Heinemann Workshops will record this virtual event, including breakout sessions where your camera and microphone may be turned on. This recording will only be shared with you and your fellow workshop attendees for 30 days. Your recorded image and audio will not be used in any other way.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

10/28/2020 - Eastern Time (ET) - Virtual Workshop, Online

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