Teaching Demonstrations

NSTWP Teacher Consultants have prepared these demonstrations to share what has worked with their students. Please borrow and adapt these ideas for your classroom. Let us know how it goes.

And please give credit to these teachers when sharing ideas with others!

Alphabetized by Topic:

Analysis and Questioning Ramonda Fields, Fort Worth ISD Catapulting Toward Analysis & Written Response with Questions
Character Development Sarah Chambers Getting Beyond the Demographics: A Lesson in Character Development
Creative Writing Lindsey Estill, PISD Sculpting Creative Writers
Culture Creed Hansen, PISD Writing about Culture: Empowering our Marginalized Students
Culture and Fairytales Jill Haltom, Lewisville ISD Exploring Cultures through Fairytales
Democratic Dialogue with Peer Journals Carol Revelle Developing Democratic Dialogue with Peer Journals (PP)

Handout (Word Doc)

ELL Students
Ilich Ramirez
Literacy Charts and the  ELL Student
Feedback Richard Edwards Listening Feedback
Freewriting and Voice Kellie Heckert Using Freewriting to Reclaim Voice
Generating Topics and Self-Selection Terisa Pearce, UNT


Grammar Assessment Beth Hubbard The Write Direction: Grammar Instruction and Assessment - Part I  Part II  Part III Part IV  Part V

Grammar & Mentor Texts

Audrey Wilson-Youngblood, Fossil Ridge High, Keller ISD

Making Meaning out of Grammar Using Mentor Texts
Group Work/ Collaboration Julie Love, Denton High School, Denton ISD Social Learning
Image Grammar Rebecca Glass Brushstokes
Imitation Kathy Carlson Literary Imitation as Instruction for Personal Writing:  Grammar and Literary Elements from Literature
Imitation Debra Cook, Liberty School, Denton ISD Writing Like a Pro
Imitation, strong sentences Kathy Page, Birdville ISD Super Sentences: Using Imitation to Strengthen Sentences
Literary Analysis Lynn Knowles, Lewisville ISD Using Movies as a Meof Literary Analysis
Literature Circles Shelley Blackburn, UNT Teaching Fellows Literature Circles
Mood, Music, and Prewriting Colleen Graves, Denton ISD Moody Music: Using Mood to Aid in Prewriting
Multicultural Classrooms Martina Flores and Tere Troncosom, CFBISD Reflections on Teaching in a Multicultural Classroom
Multigenre Research Kerri Harris, Keller ISD Genres, Voices and Thoughts: Research with a Creative Twist
Photography and Writing Jan Arrington Turning Photography into Writing
Poetry Kristi Gibson Channeling Emotions
Poetry Jeana Etame, Lewisville ISD Poetry: Capturing the Image
Prewriting Carol Nance, Northwest High School, Northwest ISD Blueprinting
Prewriting and Graphic Organizers Jennifer Mitchell Positive/Negative Graphs
Revision Belinda Henson A Lesson in Revision: Community Inquiry and Point of View
Science Notebooks Jennifer Roberts, UNT Science Notebooks: Writing to Learn


Reasons to Use Science Notebooks

Scientific Literacy Cari Cockrell, Denton ISD The Science of Writing and the Writing of Science


Scientific Literacy Katie Hart, Denton ISD Scientific Literacy: Thinking By Analogy
Scientific Literacy Tosha Hoefert, Denton ISD Using Haiku Poetry to Enhance Science Instruction
Suspense Writing Lisa Dominy, Frisco ISD


Theme Vonda McFarlin, Denton ISD Um…what is the author trying to convey in his/her story? OR  Finding the Theme in a Literary Work
Tone and Voice Isaac Thompson, Lewisville ISD From Tone Vocabulary to Voice:  Helping Students discover their Inner Voice
Writing and the Habits of Mind Brandi Schwertner
Using the Habits of Mind to Improve Writing
Writing Strategy Theresa Brown Freezing Time
Inquiry Cycle

Culturally Mediated Writing Research Team

For more information, contact Leslie.Patterson@unt.edu.

Inquiry Cycle
Mentor Texts
I Search Paper Assignment Sheet
Gradual Release of Responsibility Model
KISD High School 11-9-09 Handout