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An Introduction to Writing Workshop: Supporting the Implementation of the Units of Study in Opinion, Information and Narrative Writing by Lucy Calkins, Grades K-2

Facilitator(s): Havilah Jespersen
Date:October 05, 2018
Time:9:00 am – 3:30 pm
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
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Course code: 19-LI-143

Target Audience

Grades K-2 Teachers

Also Recommended For

Instructional/Learning Coaches

Please bring one of the K-2 grade level kits in the Units of Study in Opinion, Information and Narrative Writing if you have access to one.

About this learning opportunity

This introductory session will support K-2 teachers in adopting a workshop approach to their writing instruction, using the Units of Study in Opinion, Information and Narrative Writing by Lucy Calkins and colleagues.

In this hands-on interactive session, you will have the opportunity to learn about:

  • the structure of a writing workshop
  • materials and routines for launching a workshop with young writers
  • efficient ways to plan and deliver minilessons
  • conferring and small group work to differentiate for student needs
  • the role of literature in helping children craft powerful writing
  • shared writing, interactive writing and storytelling as supports for independent writing
  • assessment in a writing workshop and the developmental pathways of young writers
  • how the resources are organized and tips for using them effectively


This learning opportunity is being provided through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Havilah Jespersen completed her masters degree in the Literacy Specialist Program directed by Lucy Calkins at Teachers College, Columbia University. While attending graduate school, she interned with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, a think tank in literacy education. Since returning to Alberta, Havilah has worked as a literacy coach and consultant with Edmonton Public Schools, supporting schools with the implementation of reading and writing workshops. Havilah is the coauthor of Readers Have Big Jobs to Do, and Word Detectives, two of the Units of Study for Teaching Reading. She also co-authored two of the upcoming Units of Study in Phonics.

A classroom teacher at heart, Havilah has taught in K-6 classrooms in Edmonton and China as well as worked as a Reading Recovery teacher. In her role as a consultant, she continues to get into classrooms as often as possible, and is an advocate for hands-on professional learning rooted in the everyday life of classrooms.

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