“Writing Creatively Across the Common Core” -- 11:30-12:45
Misty Burright and Jerri Fischer, St. Joseph School District for Grades K-3
Creative writing is alive and well in the Common Core! Journey with Misty and Jerri as they take you through the three types of writing and how creative writing weaves throughout the three. This workshop will be interactive and hands on, providing you with an opportunity to both write and view examples of student work and resources.

As you come in please google:
1. Critical Friends in Technology
2. Click on Creative Writing Across the Common Core


  • Find Critical Friends in Technology wiki
  • Join Today's Meet by clicking HERE
  • This will be our backchannel. A backchannel is an online conversation going on while the speaker is speaking. This is a place for audience members to ask questions, share resources and make comments. Today's Meet allows you to save the "conversation" as a link to add to your wiki or blog.

We need a volunteer to monitor pressing questions that come up through the back channel. Questions not answered during the session in person, will be documented and added to this wiki. Resources will be posted to help answer those questions not addressed during our 45 minute session.

Transcripts of our backchannel conversations will be found HERE. The online meeting room will be available to view for 1 month.

11:35-11:45 "What is Creative Writing?"
  • Let's "Write into the Day" using our back channel.
  • When prompted, please provide feedback, comments, questions or anything you are thinking while asking yourself "What is Creative Writing?". Be sure to make these comments in Today's Meet. What someone else writes may prompt more thinking for you. Your comments are public because we can all learn from each other's thinking. If you want to respond to a specific person's comment write "@their name".

Does the Common Core Allow for Creative Writing? By Dave Stewart Jr.


Getting Creative across the common core: Narrative, Informational and Opinion Writing

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Other Favorite Writing Resources:


Picturing Writing

I attended a fabulous workshop put on by them and I simply MUST share!
Please visit the official Website for more resources, student samples and how to attend a workshop: Picturing Writing and Image-Making through the Writing Process

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Read Aloud: Tulip Sees America Students use the visualizing strategy to create mind pictures about the places visited in the book.

Another Resource
I stumbled upon this resource:
In Common: Effective Writing for All Students Collection of All Narrative Samples, K-12

(I used page 21 as a prompt on 2 separate occasions: One for Narrative and the other for Opinion.)

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Step Up to Writing

Samples of research reflections in Reader's Notebooks from Wonders Text
Posing questions:

"Why do fish and shrimp do stuff like that?"

Conferencing Question:

T: "Why do you think they might do that?"

S: "They are friends watching out for each other."
Opinion statement with justification:

"I like giraffes because it eats leafs"

Conferencing question:

T: "Why do you like giraffes because they eat leaves?"

S: "I know that's what they can reach to eat and stay healthy."
Opinion statement with justification:

"An animal I find interesting is a zebra because they have stripes and they work together.."

T: "What do these animals do to work together?"

S: "They watch out for lions."

T: "How do you know?"

S: "It said in the text."

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Zoo Project: Students write narratives about their own zoo experience then learn about the comparison of zoo exhibits to informational text. The class chooses their favorite zoo animals to research, write, and create projects about.

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Animal Habitats: Informational writing with creative habitat projects.

We have been doing a lot of Main Topic and Detail writing. However, I thought we'd try writing a Reader's Theater using science research.

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We were getting a little bored with "Main Topic and add details" writing. I decided to try a writing a shared writing using a curriculum based reader's theater model.

We had already researched some things about matter. And then this Time For Kids came and it was a PERFECT fit!

First, we ask BURNING questions

Next, we did more research, reading TFK's Solids, Liquids and Gases.

Then, we wrote what we learned on sticky notes and put them on our anchor chart.

NOW we had a good knowledge base for beginning to write our first reader's theater!

We wrote this as a shared writing and everyone said each line as this is our first attempt at writing curriculum based reader's theater.

The top video is our 1st reading! The bottom is our 2nd reading!

My favorite Curriculum Based Reader's Theater Resource:

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Rosalind Flynn's website has MANY, MANY reader's theater pieces already written and listed by curricular topic if interested!

This performance explains what Curriculum Based Reader's Theater is! Research becoming more dynamic with multiple speaking parts and sounds effects. Don't forget FLUENCY!

magic school bus.jpgI also came across this great writing resource on Teachers Pay Teachers!=Primary Science Lesson Plans for Magic School Bus DVD's=

And it's a FREE download! The last column has writing extensions for science content!

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Informational to Opinion writing: Students discuss their knowledge about sharks. The class chooses two different sharks to research. After creating shark projects students write opinion letters to Sea World, sharing their opinion and viable arguments for keeping the shark in the aquarium or letting them go in the ocean.

Writing About Existing Artwork: Today is Non-objective
Extended Looking Activity using Joan Mitchell's Ici. This was an extended looking and creative response activity I participated in through a workshop by the St. Louis Art Museum given by Mike Murawski at the Missouri Art Education Association. Please find the steps below.
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While the youtube video of student samples is not opinion writing, let's discuss how we could transform these freeform poems into opinion writing.


Opinion Ideas from Group:

Targeted Writing Project


Circle, Square Triangle, We Want Your Feedback !!!!

*A question circling your mind
*One thing that squares with your beliefs
*3 Points to remember

This information will be posted to the wiki so we can continue the conversation started today.
Questions??? As you finish please feel free to participate in a gallery walk of our resources and displays.

Need to contact us after the conference?Please email us at mistyburright@sjsd.k12.mo.us or jerrifischer@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Thank you for participating!!!!