Text Selection & Samples

Professional Development from 2014-15:

28 Aug 2014: "Schoolwide Literacy & the ABC method" handout of presentation plan

Back to school (2014) Literacy PD

Professional Development from 2013-14: 
December presentation (which includes year-to-date review) as a slideshow or the October one as a slideshow.

PD Literacy 12/16/13

Download the SOAPStone handout(.pdf) to use with your classes, or read about the full article here.
Excerpted portions of AP Central article:
The SOAPSTone strategy may appear to be somewhat formulaic and rigid, but it helps students, especially novice writers, to clarify and organize their thoughts prior to writing. It provides a specific structure for the text. By the time students have finished answering the SOAPSTone questions, they will have an outline of what they think, where they are going with their ideas, and why they are writing.
Who is the Speaker?
The voice that tells the story. Before students begin to write, they must decide whose voice is going to be heard...students should determine how to insert and develop those attributes of the speaker that will influence the perceived meaning of the piece.

What is the Occasion?
The time and the place of the piece; the context that prompted the writing...All writers are influenced by the larger occasion: an environment of ideas, attitudes, and emotions that swirl around a broad issue. Then there is the immediate occasion: an event or situation that catches the writer's attention and triggers a response.
Who is the Audience?
The group of readers to whom this piece is directed...It may be one person or a specific group. This choice of audience will affect how and why students write a particular text.
What is the Purpose?
The reason behind the text....They should ask themselves, "What do I want my audience to think or do as a result of reading my text?"
What is the Subject?
Students should be able to state the subject in a few words or phrases. This step helps them to focus on the intended task throughout the writing process.
What is the Tone?
The attitude of the author. The spoken word can convey the speaker's attitude and thus help to impart meaning through tone of voice. With the written word, it is tone that extends meaning beyond the literal, and students must learn to convey this tone in their diction (choice of words), syntax (sentence construction), and imagery (metaphors, similes, and other types of figurative language). The ability to manage tone is one of the best indicators of a sophisticated writer.

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