This workshop will look at different ways teachers can approach nonfiction reading and writing that engage students and align with Common Core Standards. Students are expected to read and write more nonfiction texts than ever before. We will examine how the demands of Common Core can be woven into the core tenets of nonfiction literacy instruction: workshop model, student choice, and small group instruction. Participants will see many samples of students engaged in reading and writing nonfiction texts. Classroom teachers, special educators and literacy specialists/coaches will leave with strategies, approaches, ideas and mentor texts that can be used when working with students on reading and writing nonfiction texts.
Nicole Outsen is the Literacy Coach and Title I Coordinator at Seacoast Charter School. She works with teachers and students across grade levels to delve more deeply into literacy practices to help all students be successful. She was a classroom teacher for 8 years in New York City and New Hampshire and has been a Literacy Coach/Specialist for 8 years. She has presented at national conferences, been featured in an Annenberg Foundation professional development series on the Writing Workshop, supervised UNH interns, instructed at UNH's summer Writer's Academy for Young Writers, provided in house professional development credit courses, and authored "Comprehension Strategies All Readers Need."
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