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Examine how teachers implement what they learned from Brenda Wallace. On the left are video clips from elementary school classrooms. On the right are video clips from seminars the same teachers attended earlier that year.


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Becky Pereira thumb Becky connects this mini-lesson to two texts read in Readers' Workshop, Whistling and Shortcut. She reminds the class that while reading those books they asked themselves the same question - why were these stories written?
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Brenda Wallace thumb Beginning by giving an overview of the importance of drawing on read-alouds and mentor texts, Brenda models a process of using literature as a way of focusing on the important elements of personal narrative, plot and significance.
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Rachel Rothman thumb In this clip, Rachel models visualization for her students using her own writing. She stresses visualization as a way of getting her second graders to focus on important details that illuminate the significance of the piece.
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Brenda Wallace thumb Following up on a whole group discussion of Elizabeth's Partridge's book Whistling, Brenda speaks to the importance of the inclusion of details in the process of revision and how revision in general is important to the development of significance in a piece of writing.
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Becky Pereira thumb Becky models the process of asking herself, "Why is this event important to me?" She demonstrates how she turned to the next blank page in her sourcebook to record her thoughts. After reading her own example to the students, she points out that this process helped her to remember details that she had initially left out.
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Brenda Wallace thumb During the course of the first two professional development days teachers have been engaged in a process of writing their own personal narrative pieces. Before asking teachers to work to identify the significance of their stories, Brenda talks through and then models with her own writing ways of identifying a story's significance.
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Rachel stresses to her students the importance of honing in on significant moments to highlight meaning. She has them visualize sequence of events to then include in their narratives in order to emphasize important moments.
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Brenda Wallace thumb Brenda sets up the group to use Elizabeth Partridge's Whistling as a model to better understand how a writer uses the sequence of events in a story to support meaning. Drawing on a quote from Ansen Dibell, Brenda works to stress that it is through plot that the significance is determined.
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Rachel: Rachel models visualization for her students using her own writing. She trys to show her writing process as authentically as possible, focusing on articulating her thoughts as she uses particular strategies.
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Becky: Becky models the writing process with her own work, asking herself, "Why is this event important to me?" She demonstrates how she turned to the next blank page in her sourcebook to record her thoughts. After reading her own example to the students, she points out that this process helped her remember details that she initially left out.
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Brenda Wallace thumb Using a piece of student writing, Brenda models a process of focusing in on significance. She sets this up by stressing that understanding of the importance of a piece of writing is necessary to help determine all subsequent decisions that will craft the piece. The clip then captures Rachel talking with a colleague about the significance of her own personal narrative piece. Rachel shares out with the whole group ideas she and her grade level colleague have discussed for implementing this process with their second graders.
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Mark White thumb In this final "teach" part of the mini-lesson, Mark models using a mentor text. He then reads an excerpt from his own writing, and makes a plan to try a new technique.
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Brenda Wallace thumb Brenda talks about the uses and importance of keeping a writing notebook. She illustrates with examples from her own work.
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