Talking About Writing (Video)

In their book 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 third, fourth, and fifth grade confer with students about writing.

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In their book 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 third, fourth, and fifth grade confer with students ab...read more

About the Author(s)

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.

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

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)

Product Details

Grade Range: 3-5
Media: 60 minutes, 1 disc + viewing guide
Year: 2002
Item No: 0473
ISBN: 978-157110-473-1

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