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Writers Workshop

Writers Workshop


Spring 2018


Just as students learn to read best by reading, writers learn best by writing. To make the most progress, kids need ownership of their own writing, guidance from an adult writer, and the support of a community of fellow learners.


“Although the story's title and main character's name change in different languages, in English-language folklore "Cinderella" is the archetypal name. The word "Cinderella" has, by analogy, come to mean one whose attributes were unrecognized, or one who unexpectedly achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect.”

("Cinderella." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 26 Feb. 2018. Web. 28 Feb. 2018)


Join us for five Writer’s Workshop sessions that will explore the archetypes of fairy tales with a damsel in distress using the classic Cinderella as our model.  We will read various stories from around the world and discuss how they are similar and the cultural features that set them all apart.


Students will have the opportunity to write a persuasive response to literature essay regarding one or more of the Cinderella stories from around the world.  The culminating project will allow students to create a digital presentation of their response.


Thursday, March 8th (9:30-1:00) Introduce Cinderella and stay for lunch

Thursday, March 22nd (9:30-11:00) Work with partners to organize a persuasive essay

Thursday, April 26th (9:30-11:00) Share essays and discuss digital products

Wednesday, May 9th (8:30-11:00) Digital Workshop

Thursday, May 10th (9:30-11:30) Movie


“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” ― Stephen King,