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Audience: 3rd – 5th Grade Teachers/Specialists

Presenter(s): Victoria Gillis

Length: 80 minutes

Level: Intermediate Procedural

Session Description:

This interactive session will engage participants in a variety of writing to learn strategies including think writes, quick writes, What’s Easy/What’s Hard, Cinquains, Biopoems, Found Poems, Poetry to Prose, and Learning Logs and Journals. Teachers will collaboratively explore using these strategies to foster learning, to formatively assess learning, and to assess their own teaching. The session will focus on social studies and science content areas.

Speaker Bio:

Victoria Gillis taught middle and high school science for twenty years in several states including Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina before returning to graduate school to earn her doctoral degree at the University of Georgia in 1994. She is co-author of one of the most used textbooks in content area reading, Content Area Reading and Literacy: Succeeding in Today’s Diverse Schools. She taught disciplinary literacy at Clemson University for 20 years, retiring in 2010. Victoria is currently the Endowed Chair in Literacy Education at the University of Wyoming.