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  • Areas of Study with Writing Project
    For this final class project, a student in the Nevada Reading Excellence Act Master�s Cohort developed a lesson plan to assist students in writing a �well-developed, short essay on a content area.� The teacher has included a series of photographs including reading materials and motivators, vocabulary chart, fact chart, and a final draft.
  • Awesome Authors
    The selected DVL lesson is taught by Karyl O'Banion, a 3rd grade teacher from Dolby Elementary School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The lesson is entitled Awesome Authors and demonstrates students learning how to participate in an online discussion, how to videotape live interviews, and how to conduct Internet searches to research an author.
  • Because Writing Matters
    Excerpted from the introduction of Because Writing Matters: Improving Student Writing in Our Schools by the National Writing Project and Carl Nagin (Jossey-Bass 2003).
  • Interactive Writing
    For this final class project, a student in the Nevada Reading Excellence Act Master�s Cohort developed a PowerPoint presentation on using interactive writing in the fourth grade. In using this process, the teacher has noted improvement of writing skills for the students in her classroom.
  • Take Me To Your Readers
    This website was developed as part of Vanderbilt University�s �Young Children's Literacy Project.� The project is in its tenth year of research on the development of children's reading and writing skills - funded under a 1999-2003 grant from the IERI consortium of the National Science Foundation; the Department of Education; and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The project developed and tested new print and technology-supported tools to improve the reading skills of children in grades K - 2, targeting word-recognition skills and the development of literacy habits.
  • The Writing Process
    This Clark County (NV) School District site provides information on writing traits, modeled writing, shared writing, and guided writing. In addition, it features a video clip of an interactive writing lesson.
  • Writing Process to Support MLPP
    This website gives an overview of Six Trait writing process with printable resources for teachers. Lesson plans, famous children's author links, sample student work, and rubrics are just part of the resources included.