Learning Opportunity

The Power of Story: Teaching the Narrative in Grade 6 ELA

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: Karen Filewych

This is a multi-day event.

Day 1Jan 15, 2022 (9:30 am to 11:00 am MDT)
Day 2Jan 29, 2022 (9:30 am to 11:00 am MDT)
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 22-LI-110
Focus: Assessment Other Curriculum Implementation and Pedagogy English Language Arts & Literacy

Target Audience

Grades 6 English Language Arts teachers

About this Learning Opportunity

Grade Six teachers:

  • Are you thinking about the upcoming Language Arts PAT: Part A?
  • Are you wondering where and how to begin when teaching narrative writing?
  • Are you looking for ways to teach students to write with greater clarity and artistry?

During this two-part series, educator and author Karen Filewych (How Do I Get Them To Write? and Freewriting With Purpose) will empower you to teach narrative writing with greater skill and confidence. Learn how to teach your developing writers to:

  • use plot patterns and mentor texts to dramatically improve student writing.
  • develop both setting and characters
  • write effective dialogue

As always, Karen will guide teachers through the writing process within the classroom including mini-lessons, pre-writing, writing, feedback, and assessment practices. Curricular links and PAT considerations will be embedded throughout.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • 2. Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • 3. Embodying Visionary Leadership
  • 4. Leading a Learning Community
  • 6. Providing Instructional Leadership
  • 7. Developing Leadership Capacity

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • 2. Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • 3. Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge
  • 4. Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments

About the Facilitator

Karen Filewych has twenty-five years of educational experience as an elementary teacher, school administrator, and language arts consultant.  In 2007, she completed her Master of Education degree in the area of literacy. Karen's first book - How Do I Get Them to Write? - was published by Pembroke Publishers in May of 2017. Her second book - Freewriting with Purpose - was published in January of 2019. Both books are practical guides for the teaching of writing and include lists of mentor texts for each area of study.  Karen continues to write and has some exciting projects in the works!

Karen presents regularly for teachers on a variety of topics. She especially enjoys working with students through school-based writing residencies to demonstrate how writing can transform their work and their lives in the classroom and beyond. She also offers parent literacy evenings providing simple, effective ways to engage children in literacy-rich activities in the home.

Subscribe to her blog or visit her website for more information: www.wordschangeworlds.ca. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook for teaching ideas and book suggestions.