Fall 2018 Literacy Workshop

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Welcome to SCIRA’s Fall Literacy Workshop. We truly hope that you will find sessions that will inspire you and provide resources and materials to use as you plan instruction. Today’s program offers a variety of topics which have been selected especially for you. The Opening Session will feature Shelia Ingle, a South Carolina author of historical fiction. Following this session, there are five choices each for Rounds I, II, and III.

Dale Anthony
SCIRA Immediate Past President/Fall Literacy Workshop Chair

Book Vendors:
TKO Books – Joan Stevenson
Books by Sheila Ingle and John Ingle

Author Sales:
Books by Sheila Ingle Available for purchase:
Revolutionary War in SC: Courageous Kate, Fearless Martha, and Brave Elizabeth;
One book on women who worked in SC textiles in 20th century: Tales of a Cosmic Possum
Book by Rebecca Harper – Content Writing that Rocks (and Works!)


Saturday, November 10, 2018

8:15-8:45 – Registration, Breakfast
8:45-8:55 – Welcome and Workshop Overview


Opening Session: 9:00-9:50


The Power of Storytelling
Sheila Ingle, Featured Author

“Tell me a fact, and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth, and I’ll believe. But tell me a story, and it will live in my heart forever,” Native American proverb.

Students are by nature storytellers, and it makes sense to emphasize something they already know. Since this art is also personal, the engagement is immediate. Sheila Ingle, a weaver of stories of America’s heroines, is a retired educator. She will share how storytelling can energize students, as well as a classroom.


Concurrent Sessions, Round I: 10:00-10:50


Practice, Process and Possibilities: Feedback for All Learners
Rebecca Driggers

This session will focus on how using intentional language in giving feedback supports student growth. Participants will engage in providing process-oriented feedback to propel student thinking.

Audience – All

Good Books – Old and New
Joan Stevenson

Join Joan as she shares books-both old and new-to share with your students. You will Fall in Love with some old and new favorites!

Audience – All


Text Dependent Writing Begins with Close Reading
Vickie Brockman

South Carolina students are skilled in responding to independent writing prompts.  Our ELA standards still include independent writing, but text dependent writing has been added and is tested. The most recent scores from SCReady show there is much work to be done with text dependent writing.  This type of writing starts with Close Reading.  Students need to be able to read deeply, to respond to a dependent writing prompt.  Surface level comprehension is important, but we must go further.  This session will provide examples of what this looks like for classrooms of grades 1-2. Examples can be used as templates for instructional planning.

Audience – Grades 1-2


Content Writing that Rocks
Rebecca Harper

Is writing something you love to teach or dread? Love it or hate it, writing is a necessity in education, regardless of the subject area. However, many teachers are unsure of how to teach writing or how to incorporate effective writing engagements into their instructional practice. This workshop will explore how writing can be taught effectively through a number of modern venues including rap music, Post-it notes, commercials, peacock feathers, props, sports programming, and social media.

Audience –All 


Sail Away with Me: Travel Articles as an Invitation to Explore informational and Persuasive Writing
Tasha Thomas

It can often be difficult to structure your Writing Workshop to integrate content curriculum in meaningful and authentic ways.  One way to make sure students develop as writers, and see a place for their work in the real world of writing, is through Integrated Genre Based Reading/Writing Units. Developed and described best by Katie Wood Ray in her 2006 text, Units of Study, genre-based units create authentic opportunities for students to read and write in specific formats.

This workshop offers participants one complete example of a genre-based writing unit, along with a smorgasbord of ideas for other units. Focusing on the concept of “Reading Like a Writer” teachers will enjoy a parallel writing experience and leave not only with the foundation for building effective writing units using any genre or content base, but also with a draft of their very own Travel Article!

Audience – Grades 2-College Level


Concurrent Sessions, Round II, 11:00-11:50


Play-by-Play: Using ESPN and Sports to Teach Writing
Rebecca Harper

This session will explore unique ways to use ESPN and other sports programming to teach a variety of literacy engagements.  From using the Top Ten Plays to teach transition sentences, game recaps/replays for teaching summary, and sports programming that can be used to teach argumentative writing, participants will see how easy it is to use sports to teach literacy skills.

Audience: Grade 3-College Level


A Writing Renaissance:
Digitizing Feedback and Creating Feedforward with Kaizena
Tasha Thomas

Digital tools can be used to provide individualized feedback on writing and other projects. This can make assessment more efficient and lead to better student products.  In this session, participants will use the web platform Kaizena to engage in peer response and explore various ways this tech tool can revolutionize process feedback, making sure students apply the advice received from teachers and peers during the revision process.

Kaizena as an integrated platform used to manage peer response and provide individualized writing feedback.  This tool is incredibly versatile and provides several options for making sure students understand and implement feedback in constructive ways to improve work.  In addition, the concept of “feedforward,” is an idea that focuses on giving students feedback throughout the composition process, rather than after the product has been completed.  This session aims to give teachers in all content areas a user-friendly platform for giving meaningful feedback on any kind of written work, and growing students into more reflective learners.

Audience: Grade 3-College Level


Improving Special Education Literacy Skills
Kathryn Sommer-Gough

This session will look at different ways to improve literacy skills with special education students. We will discuss some of the problems faced and accommodations that help the students be more successful in the general education setting.

Audience: GenEd Co-Teachers, Special Education Teachers


#literatureisboring – #idratherbeontwitter
Natasha Womble

Society today is saturated with social media. Children of all ages are simply uninterested in reading or writing anything that is not embedded into a Facebook comment or Instagram post. This presentation will discuss methods and practices that incorporate social media into literacy lessons allowing students to make real world connections and increasing student engagement and interest in literature comprehensively. They would rather be on Twitter anyway, right?!?

Audience: Grades 6-College Level


Text Dependent Writing Begins with Close Reading
Vickie Brockman

South Carolina students are skilled in responding to independent writing prompts.  Our ELA standards still include independent writing, but text dependent writing has been added and is tested. The most recent scores from SCReady show there is much work to be done with text dependent writing.  This type of writing starts with Close Reading.  Students need to be able to read deeply, to respond to a dependent writing prompt.  Surface level comprehension is important, but we must go further. These examples can be used as templates for instructional planning for grades 3-5.

Audience: Grades 3-5


Lunch, Visit Vendors: 11:55-1:05


Concurrent Sessions, Round III: 1:10-2:00


The Music of Writing
Candice Miles

We all know kids love listening to music in the classroom.  Why not have them use it in an educational way.  This workshop will explore a variety of ways to include music and writing in the classroom.

Audience: All


Cultural Relevance in Literacy
Brandy Drayton

Unlock the world for your students through the book choices you make. This session will explore and describe effective strategies for choosing culturally relevant books for all subjects.

Audience: Elementary


Convince Me
Hannah Baker

Brackets are not just for sports. The strategy, “Bracketology”, can be used in many ways across content. Participants will discover how this strategy can be used to: determine relevant text-dependent information; help students in writing opinion and argument; aid in research; and be used as a means to assess.

Audience: All


The Library Sisters Present: Stories in the Making
Jennifer Breese Tazerouti, Jackie Bresse Rodenkirk

Join The Library Sisters as they share ideas and activities with book connections for elementary to middle school teachers and their students.

Audience: Grades 1-6


Critical Thinking and Cooperative Learning in the Literacy Classroom
Emmie Stokes

In this session, participants will explore literary texts using a number of reading skills and strategies to promote higher order thinking skills.  Participants will move from an individual reading activity, to a cooperative engagement that serves as a springboard into a writing engagement based on the readings.

Audience: Middle/High



Books by Sheila Ingle

  • Tales of a Cosmic Possum: Sheila Ingle’s husband John was brought up in Ingle Holler in Union, South Carolina, with eight other Ingle families. They worked together in the cotton mills, shared their gardens, attended church, and enjoyed the playing and singing of songs from the Grand Ole Opry. When five of the brothers went off to war, those who couldn’t fight took care of their families. The Ingles stuck together, just like they were taught in the Appalachian hills of Erwin, Tennessee.
  • We read about the presidents of the United States, but we don’t often think about what they were like as children. Sheila Ingle looks into the life of Andrew Jackson as a child following the story of his mother, Elizabeth Jackson, as she and her family fight for their land. She experiences loss and heartache, but through it all, she understands that what she is doing is important for her family and her country. Follow her adventures in Brave Elizabeth! You will be surprised at what you discover about the forgotten stories of another heroine of the American Revolution!
  • A fictional biography for young adults, Courageous Kate: A Daughter of the American Revolution is the compelling account of a heroine and a young mother who rode out from her Carolina backcountry home to warn Patriot militias of enemies on the move. Kate Moore Barry served as a scout and a spy and is credited with helping Gen. Daniel Morgan defeat the British at the Battle of Cowpens, a turning point in the war for independence.The author weaves together history, folklore and fiction to create a memorable story about three generations of Scots-Irish settlers who built a life in the wilderness of the South Carolina Upcountry during the 1700s. Illustrated by John Ingle, Courageous Kate tells riveting stories of Kate’s encounters with cruel Tories and of the day she tied her youngest child to a bedpost so she could ride out to alert Patriot militiamen about gunfire at her parent’s nearby home.
  • Most history books describe the American Revolution as a war between men, but in South Carolina, heroic women like Martha Bratton played a part in defeating the British and ensuring independence for the thirteen colonies. Fearless Martha: A Daughter of the American Revolution is a fictionalized and illustrated biography of this plucky female patriot for young readers. Martha Bratton stands tall as battles wage around her during the summer of 1780. Recreated through imagination, public records and backcountry traditions, Fearless Martha is a powerful story of bravery in a tumultuous time.
  • Follow the journey of Eliza Pinckney in Sheila Ingle’s book Walking with Eliza. This beautifully illustrated picture book recounts what it is like to live a day in the life of Eliza Pinckney, the indigo farmer and SC entrepreneur who helped make indigo a cash crop in SC.


Book by Rebecca Harper

  • Content Area Writing that Rocks (and Works!)
    Create an innovative and collaborative classroom environment where students enjoy writing, with this standards-based resource. Third through twelfth grade scholars will learn key strategies to improve their writing skills based on their interests in technology, social media, and other contemporary topics.
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