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Northwest Arkansas Writing Project Sponsors Young Writers Camps

Publication: University of Arkansas: News
Date: June 15, 2016

Summary: The Northwest Arkansas Writing Project is providing no-cost Young Writers Camps to high-poverty schools in two Arkansas towns this summer. The camps use a wide variety of activities to provide an experience that is both fun and beneficial.

 

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Students have played guessing games to focus on using descriptive language, analyzed and written song lyrics, participated in collaborative writing contests, and filled their writing notebooks.

'We tell students that they need to exercise their writing muscles every day,' Collet explained. 'Just like kids attending sports camps, writing takes practice and stamina. We're giving our kids lots of opportunities for both as they participate in individual, small group, and whole-group writing experiences.'

Following the morning camp, teachers meet to collaborate and focus on improved writing instruction. These professional learning experiences are an important part of the project.

'Not only are students learning during our Young Writers Camp, teachers are taking away strategies they will use in their classrooms,' Collet said."

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