BAWP Summer Writing Workshops

Discover, Connect, Innovate & Share

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education’s Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP) is hosting 13 Summer Open Program courses for teachers. Led by BAWP teacher consultants, these courses will help you plunge into your own writing, learn new classroom strategies for writing, and much more.

Courses take place during four one-week sessions throughout the summer.

Click here to register for a course.

June 13-17, 2016

Palm of Hand Stories

Using contemporary short texts as models, we will create work of brevity and concision suitable for blog entries, as vignettes for professional writing, memoir, fiction or prose poem collections.

Argumentative Writing and the Codes of Power

How do we effectively teach argumentative writing in the high school and college classroom, especially to underserved students including those developing basic skills and English language learners?

Pedagogical Grammar for Teachers: Why, How and When?

This course looks at grammar in terms of student writing—it explores the best framework and specific classroom approaches to help students improve their writing at the sentence level and help teachers make informed choices based on their students and their curricular goals.

Making Writers Workshop Come Alive with Common Core State Standards

This workshop is recommended for teachers of upper elementary students interested in using Writers’ Workshop as an instructional approach to teaching the Common Core genres of narrative, opinion, and informative writing.

Research, Writing and Technology in a Digital World

Explore how the age-old research based writing project can be augmented, modified and redefined using digital tools. In four half-day sessions, participants will learn about and experiment with digital tools and platforms that will facilitate the transition to writing in digital spaces.

June 20-24, 2016

All About Context: Successful Strategies for K-12 English Learners

English learners and all young children 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, and other content areas. This workshop is for K-2 teachers who want to create a fun and effective writing curriculum that immerses students in learning about the world and our language.

Memoir Through History’s Lens

This course focuses on the writing of narrative, expository and argumentative texts in grades 6-12 History and ELA classrooms.

Microaggressions in the Classroom

This course examines microaggressions – visual, verbal, and written – and the impact they have on both the learning process and students in a classroom and on the world outside of the classroom.

Write to Teach: Summer Writing Workshops for Teachers

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.

Poetry for the People

In this course we will focus on poetry’s power to speak the truth, create a community of trust, and engender transformation. Exploring poetic traditions from multiple cultures and disparate voices, we will read, discuss, draft and workshop poems together.

July 11-15, 2016

Teaching Writing in the Secondary Classroom

We all want our students to write more and to greater effect, but how do we make this happen? How do we build memorable and meaningful writing lessons that generate thoughtful content and address the needs of both our strongest student writers and our most struggling student writers?

Blog to Learn

In this workshop students will use the writing process to develop a blog about a burning question from their professional or personal lives. We will generate ideas, outline, draft, revise and publish at least two blog posts.

August 8-12, 2016

Google Drive in the English Classroom

This course will focus on helping participants develop the skills and knowledge necessary to take advantage of these great digital opportunities. Join us for an in depth training on using Google Apps for Education to improve your online writing instructional practice.


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