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Connecticut Writing Project Helps Teachers Teach Writing

Publication: UConn Today
Date: May 9, 2012

Summary: Many students at all levels struggle with writing, and many teachers welcome some help in working with their students. The Connecticut Writing Project–Storrs at UConn is a resource both for those who teach writing, from kindergarten through college, and for the students they teach.

 

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The Summer Institute is the foundation of the [Connecticut Writing Project–Storrs]. It is an intensive, interdisciplinary, four-week program that provides an interactive environment in which K-college teachers share their research and their writing. Half of the coursework is dedicated to work in writing groups and the development of a portfolio of original writing.

Participants say that having the opportunity to share work and receive peer feedback is invaluable. . . .

The CWP also provides opportunities for students to publish their writing. Since 1988, the CWP has published Connecticut Student Writers magazine, which features writing by students from kindergarten through high school. The magazine is currently edited by Griswold High English teacher Nadine Keane. More than 1,000 students submit their work each year; about 150 are published or receive honorable mention. These students are honored each spring at an event called Recognition Night, which is held at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts and features a keynote address by a local children's or young adult author, as well as readings by select students from each grade level.

"Students often work toward extrinsic rewards, such as good grades or parental approval," says Keane. "However, the intrinsic rewards that come from publication are more profound. As the students enter Jorgensen Auditorium on Recognition Night, the young authors are radiant with pride." This year's event will be held on May 15.

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