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Talking About Writing (DVD)

Talking About Writing (DVD)

Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi

Writing conferences can be difficult to manage, and it may be tempting to omit them from writer's workshop, but these one-to-one interactions are crucial. Watch and listen as accomplished teachers of students in grades 3 through 5 confer with students about their writing.


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Product Details

  • Author: Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi
  • ISBN: 978-157110-473-1
  • Year:
  • Media: 60 minutes, 1 disc + viewing guide
  • Grade Range: 3-5
  • Item No: WEB-0473


In Craft Lessons, Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi write, "Writing conferences can be difficult to manage, and it's tempting to omit them from the workshop, but these one-to-one interactions are crucial. Writers need response, not only from their peers but from us as well."

In this two-part series we revisit Bailey's Elementary school on the outskirts of Washington, DC, to watch and listen as accomplished teachers of students in grades 3 through 5 confer with students about their writing. Program 1, The Essentials of Conferring, covers a range of topics, including active listening, knowing your writers, management, predictable problems, and peer conferences. Program 2, Refining Your Conference Skills, takes teachers deeper into the writing conference and shows how to help students build a "writer's toolbox," connect writing conferences to other parts of the workshop, raise the bar in a conference, and push your own learning by working with your colleagues. Taken together, these two programs comprise an invaluable tool for becoming a more skillful writing teacher.

Program 1: The Essentials of Conferring
Program 2: Refining Your Conference Skills

Table of Contents

Program 1: The Essentials of Conferring
The Importance of Appreciation 0:00-5:46 (5:46)
Conferences as Yearlong Conversations 5:47-7:31 (1:44)
Knowing the Writer 7:32-10:32 (3:00)
Management 10:33-14:54 (4:21)
Predictable Problems 14:55-18:42 (3:47)
Peer Conferences 18:43-24:22 (5:39)

Program 2: Refining Your Conference Skills
Conferring: The Heart of Teaching Writing 0:00-3:39 (3:39)
Teaching Students to Assess Their Writing 3:40-10:44 (7:04)
Building a Writer’s Toolbox 10:45-16:07 (5:22)
Raising the Bar 16:08-18:32 (2:24)
Conferences in Context 18:33-24:15 (5:42)
Learning with Colleagues 24:16-30:39 (6:23)

About the Authors

Ralph Fletcher
Ralph Fletcher is a friend of writing teachers everywhere. Born in Plymouth, Mass., he received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and his master's degree from Columbia University. >more

JoAnn Portalupi
JoAnn Portalupi likes to introduce herself as a mother, teacher, writer, and artist. Each of these roles informs the work she does in the field of teaching writing. >more

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