This workshop is for parents and caregivers who would like to learn more about what teens can expect to write in college and how to help them prepare for the writing experiences that they’ll encounter there. We will explore a variety of activities that promote writing as well as effective ways to respond to adolescents about their writing.
The Parent Workshop highlights best practices in the teaching of writing as well as the following family writing activities:
What college writing is like: C.R.A.F.T.
• Three kinds of writing in college
• Attributes of successful college writers
Creating an environment to encourage your teen to write
• Let your teen see you write
• Write to your teen
• Write with your teen
• Provide space and materials for writing in your family
• Find ways to make writing fun
• Respond as an interested reader to your teen’s writing
Finding opportunities for everyday writing
• Technology: blogs and social networking sites
Going public with student writing
• Writing for family or friends
• Writing for the larger community
Writing for discovery
• The I-Search process
Folders distributed at the parent workshop contain information about all of these family writing activities as well as a variety of resources and further reading about good writing instruction.
Number of participants: Up to 40