Audience: Grades 3-8

Length: Half or Full Day Workshop


During the workshop teachers will gain a thorough understanding of narrative writing in a workshop model using Teachers College as a resource and aligned to the revised NJ Student Learning Standards. Participants will learn the following:

  • What are the expectations of NJ Student Learning Standards with regard to Narrative and Literary Analysis Writing?
  • What is the NJ State Assessment Requiring Students to Know and Do on the test?
  • What are student friendly strategies that will further develop student writing skills for the state assessment?
  • How does the architecture of a mini-lesson benefit student learning even if a Writing workshop model does not exist?
  • How can student learning progression be used to differentiate instruction?

Teachers will learn several protocols and strategies to highly engage their students in writing aligned to the State Assessment.

Teachers will learn the architecture of a mini lesson and how to develop a mini-lesson for whole and small groups.

Teachers will understand how to build a 10-day writing lesson cycle on a Narrative and Literary Analysis.

Teachers will dialogue and engage in activities with their colleagues on best practices and how to best roll out this informative and purposeful workshop for their students.

Content is based on the NJ Assessment requirements, NJSLS grades 3-8, and Writing Strategies from Jennifer Serravallo and Sarah Tantillo both Teachers College consultants and authors.