Session 6 – New Possibilities for Students’ Digital Writing

Responsive Guided Reading

Troy Hicks, co-author of Create,Compose,Connect, and Tricia Ebvaria, expert in inclusive literacy practices—both Fellows of TheEdCollab—lead this special session on moving farther with students' digital writing. Every day, our students are inundated by information – as well as opinions and misinformation – on their devices, televisions, radios, and more. Even if they are too young to have their own devices, adults around them talk about what they are reading and hearing. These digital texts influence what they and their families buy, what they value, and what they believe about themselves and their world. Crafting and analyzing arguments in a digital world could be our greatest possibility to improve dialogue across cultures and continents. If not, it can contribute to bitter divides. In this session, Troy and Tricia will draw from real world texts and samples of student work to share a wealth of insights and practical strategies in teaching students the logic of argument and how it exists in digital texts they confront, hear about, and create themselves. Whether arguments are streaming in through a Twitter feed, a Facebook wall, viral videos, internet memes, or links to other blogs or websites, we will explore how to engage with and create digital arguments. If you and your team are just starting out with digital writing, soon will be, or have been writing with devices for years, this session will take your practice farther.

Standards-aligned: CCSS W1, W4-10; Danielson: 1, 2a-b, 3, 4a, d-e; ISTE 1, 2, 3, 6, 7; Teaching Tolerance: Identity, Diversity, Justice, Action

Each session is linked to professional and learning standards. As every district is different, crosswalk these between your own standards for alignment or contact us with questions.

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