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2015 Write for Texas Fall Institute

Write for Texas Fall Meeting took place in Austin on November 17-18, 2015.  The topic for this meeting was A Closer Look at Student Writing with guest and keynote speaker Steve Graham.

Tuesday, November 17

7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.       Working Breakfast: Registration, Networking & Write for Texas Resources

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.       Welcome

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.     Keynote Speaker: Steve Graham

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.     Working Lunch: Student Writing Samples

1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.       Examining Student Writing Activity

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.       Break

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.       Examining Student Writing Activity

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.       Team Time Reflections


Wednesday, November 18

7:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.     Planning Meeting (Write for Texas ESC and NWP Project Staff)

Write for Texas Resources

The Write for Texas collection of resources is available to all secondary English language arts and reading and content area teachers to support effective writing instruction. The resources include critical background knowledge, activities, and videos that relate to the guiding principles of effective writing instruction. Each online resource is a multi-part series designed to enhance teachers’ knowledge of instructional practices.  Participants learn and apply teaching techniques to support all students in writing.

The Using Reading and Writing to Support Learning (URAW) and Teaching Expository and Persuasive Texts (TEPT) online resources are beneficial to ALL teachers including ELAR teachers as well as content area teachers including mathematics, science, and social studies teachers.  Teaching Elements of Personal Narrative Texts (TPNT), Teaching Revising and Editing Skills (TRES), and Teaching Sentence Skills (TSS) online resources are designed for ELAR teachers.  However, content area teachers are welcome to view the online resources and use the information and instructional practices.


Materials for Review

"Writing is a Thinking Activity", by Steve Graham



We invite you to browse the Write for Texas website.

Examining Student Writing Activity

Details of each afternoon activity are explained in the Activity Guide.  To download a complete set of guides for all activities, click here

To download the packet of writing samples used to facilitate the activities, click here


Related Resources for Activity #1: The Lens of a Writer

Activity Guide #1

Handout 9 - Author's Style or Craft

Additional Resources


Related Resources for Activity #2: The Lens of a Peer

Activity Guide #2

Peer Conferencing Tools:

Example Feedback Protocol & Sentence Stems

Guidelines for Teaching Peer Conferencing


Related Resources for Activity #3: The Lens of an Instructor

Activity Guide #3

Writing Revision Guides:

Additional Resources

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