Using Discussion to Inspire Writing
February 25, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET
Join Terry Roberts, director of the National Paideia Center and co-author of The Better Writing Breakthrough, for a discussion of how to use formal classroom discussion to inspire student writing that is more clear, coherent, and sophisticated. In particular, Roberts will show you how to use Socratic Seminar Dialogue to help students generate both new ideas and language with which to express those ideas in their writing.
The focus of this webinar will be the practical pre-seminar content strategies that prepare students for both discussion of and writing about complex texts, as well as the post-seminar strategies that help students transition directly from talking to writing.
These strategies include multiple, close readings of the text that prepare students for full participation in the seminar and detailed response to the writing task. This pre-seminar work includes detailed vocabulary study which enables students to talk and write about the ideas in the text with much greater fluency.
The post-seminar focus will include specific transition to writing strategies that help students capture what they said, heard, and thought during the discussion that is directly related to the writing task—thus providing them with the raw material they need to write extended responses.
Our focus throughout this webinar will be practical strategies that have been repeatedly tested in a variety of classroom settings—strategies that can help your students break through to better writing.