Workshops

Semi-annually, I plan and facilitate workshops for students in elementary and middle school. The best thing about the workshops is they are always different depending on the background of the students involved, the new and exciting content I find to share with the participants, and the skills most relevant in the classroom today.

Current workshop offerings are listed below.  Do not hesitate to contact me for more information or to schedule a workshop at your venue!

Creative Literacy Workshop

Focusing on Reading, Writing, and The Arts


Dates: TBA
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Cost: $60 per student
Payment: Cash or PayPal
Audience: Students in Grades 4-8 are welcome

Each week, we will be reading, writing, and creating artwork individually and in a small group setting.  The fun and socially-based activities in the workshop will help reinforce valuable academic skills needed to succeed with the Common Core Curriculum.  A full schedule of themes and activities are listed below.

Space is limited.  To enroll your child, email Workshops@KatrinasResources.com.

Week 1

Ideas and inspiration is the theme of the first week.  We will be reading a selection of fiction and non-fiction texts and discuss how and where authors get their ideas.  Then we will switch gears and take on the role of the writer and brainstorm our own ideas.

Week 2

It's all about telling our own stories this week when we read some autobiographical stories and poems.  We will spend time jotting down information about ourselves - our hobbies, our interests, our families and friends - then we will write a personal narrative.

Week 3

We will be telling a million stories that are longer and more interesting than anything you have ever read this week!  Not really, but exaggeration is welcome this week as we read and discuss the unbelievable and fanciful genre of tall tales.  Then we'll write our own "big fish" story.

Week 4

It's time to put your knowledge to work and your pencil to the paper.  This week, we'll be reading non-fiction expository text and writing about topics we feel we know a great deal about.

Week 5

Classic fairy tales will be dissected and evaluated for characterization, setting, theme, and conflict.  Then we will brainstorming our own literary elements and write fictional stories based on our ideas.



Process Writing Workshop

Focusing on the 5-Step Writing Process

Dates: TBA
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Cost: $60 per student
Payment: Cash or PayPal
Audience: Students in Grades 2-6 are welcome

Each week, we will be reading and writing individually and in a small group setting.  The fun and socially-based activities in the workshop will help reinforce valuable academic skills needed to succeed with the Common Core Curriculum.  A full schedule of weekly lessons and activities are listed below.

Space is limited.  To enroll your child, email Workshops@KatrinasResources.com.

Week 1

Prewriting... Starting with the first step in the writing process, we will learn about generating ideas and have a brainstorming session of our own.  Our closing game this week will be Boggle.

Week 2

Drafting... Based on our first week's brainstorming session, we will begin drafting out ideas into writing pieces.  We will spend a great deal of time free writing on the topics of our choosing.  Our closing game this week will be, "I'm going on a picnic..."

Week 3

Revision... Using the writing pieces we created during our second session, we will begin the revision process using a number of different techniques.  We will add descriptive vocabulary, take a look at our sentence and paragraph structure, and enhance our voice throughout our writing.  Our closing game this week will be Scrabble Apple.

Week 4

Editing... Spelling, flow, and English language conventions will be the highlight of this week's session.  We will read our pieces aloud to each other, peer edit, and have writing conferences in order to make our writing the best it can be.  Our closing game this week will be Scattergories.

Week 5

Publishing...  It's the moment we've all been waiting for - publishing our final pieces.  We will select a piece to put into a final format to share with our friends and family.  To end our workshop, we will share our pieces with each other and celebrate a job well done!

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