2017 Summer Institute

The Summer Institute incorporates writing, sharing teaching practices, and reading/research about the teaching of writing. We are “teachers teaching teachers” with participants earning 6 hours of graduate credit in ENGL 6151 or EDCI 6020 and 120 hours of CLU’S.  To best accommodate teacher and school schedules the 2017 Summer Institute will consist of a seven-day Read More

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Mermaids, Goats, and Moses Malone

Ari Zeiger | February 23, 2016

To start class today (à la Nancie Atwell), I brought in this lyrical vignette by Mary Oliver where she writes oh-so tenderly about her dog Ben. The last few lines of her sketch are as follows: “Ben. Joyful Ben. Because of his joyfulness, my own is increased. It is no small gift. So, perhaps it’s Read More

Call for Editorial Cartoon Submissions.

Sarah DeBacher | November 6, 2015

“The Scholastic Writing Awards are introducing a new category for 2016 – Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation. The Editorial Cartoon category celebrates the legacy of four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Herb Block and his remarkable contribution to American history and free expression. Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to the students who Read More

Monster Wars!

Sarah DeBacher | October 29, 2015

In the spirit of the season, I thought I’d share this SUPER FUN writing activity called “Monster Wars.”* Writing! Coloring! Monsters! Reflection! This assignment is scarily good. While my writers are college freshmen, you could easily do Monster Wars with writers at all grade levels. The Monster Wars activity is designed to show students just Read More

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Greater New Orleans Writing Project

"But this intuitive, associative power, he says, can be lost on people because of the way poetry is taught. He argues that we are too often asked to find the 'hidden meanings' in poems, as if a poem is a riddle — telling you something simple, but in the most complicated way possible, as if the poet is being deliberately opaque. Good poetry actually does the opposite, says Zapruder; 'it’s something elusive and complex, said in the simplest way possible.' (Though writing about the complexities of life is not always very simple.)"

Why we're too often taught poetry all wrong


Using the poetry of Frank O'Hara, Sappho, Langston Hughes, Keats, Adrienne Rich and others, poet Matthew Zapruder explains what poetry is really for.

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“Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. “


Wise words from Philip Pullman, who received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2005: Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play.…

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Greater New Orleans Writing Project shared their event.

2017 GNOWP Summer Institute

2017 GNOWP Summer Institute

Our 39th annual Teacher Professional Development Program! We research, develop and share best practices in the teaching of writing together, then in teh Fall share our implementaion strategies online. Contact krayes@uno.edu for more information.

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