#SOL15: Writers ARE Readers

Today is dedicated to learning with  . . .


the co-author of

writers are readers

the incredibly talented and witty



What will we learn?

How to flip Read Alouds into Writing Opportunities!

Text Structure and Organization

  • Description
  • Sequence
  • Problem and Solution
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Cause and Effect

Weaving Meaning

  • Inferring
  • Summarizing
  • Synthesizing
  • Visualizing
  • Determining Importance
  • Making Connections 

Story Elements

  • Character
  • Setting
  • Plot (with attention to conflict and tension)
  • Perspective and Point of View 

and along the way we will laugh, talk, and celebrate students because writers ARE readers and today is @IowaASCD’s Fall Institute. A perfect learning day!

“The focus of Writers ARE Readers:  Flipping Reading Instruction into Writing Opportunities is to deepen our understanding of what we expect of readers, what we teach readers to do, how a reader’s insights can be the pathway into a more thorough understanding of writing, and how we as teachers can flip those insights to lead students into a more robust understanding of what it means to be literate.  We pursue the notion of helping students recognize reading and writing as mutually supportive processes to make their developing leteracy more meaningful and efficient” (p. viii).


Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Thank you, Anna, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 


20 responses

  1. Oh! I’m jealous! This sounds like a wonderful day of learning. On the other hand, I’m excited to head into my classroom and hone my interactive writing skills as I share the pen with students and we create our first class book. Hope to hear more about your learning experience in a future post! Enjoy!

    1. Yay to sharing the pen and creating your first class book. What fun learning in your classroom!

  2. It’s true! Readers are writers. I say it all the time at school and one day everyone will agree with me. I wish I could be there to see Lester. He is so wonderful. Have a great day! Please share your learning. Maybe on Twitter?

    1. Thanks, Kimberly! I’m looking forward to an entire day of learning. I will definitely be tweeting – still looking to see what our hashtag will be!

  3. Awesome day ahead of you! I look forward to your reflections on this day. Lester is a favorite presenter for me.

    1. Thanks, Elsie. I’m hoping for MORE writers to leave the room today. I love his video of Teacakes and Saturdays! Can’t imagine him reading and talking for an entire day!

  4. I love that man! He was the closing session at my first TCRWP Summer Institute. I read his book Learning Under the Influence of Read Aloud on the plane home that summer. Changed me as a teacher. Off to order that book! Enjoy your learning Fran!

    1. 49 minutes in . . . so captivating!

  5. Oh, enjoy Lester – I loved his sessions at Boothbay, and his sense of humor, too!

    1. OMG – so funny. . . and I know all of his “timely” stories – my generation!!!

  6. Nothing beats a day of learning. I look forward to reading all about your day in future posts.

    1. What a day! So much wisdom!!!

  7. I am picturing you trying to tweet and take notes while laughing so hard, you are crying! That is my memory of the one time I heard Lester! What a gift. I am heading to twitter now to read your posts and then heading to buy his book! Keep Learning!!!

    1. Oh, Sally, my sides hurt from laughing! Wht a fun day!

  8. I’m so jealous! Take good notes, Fran!

    1. So hard to take notes, tweet AND most importantly, LAUGH!!!

  9. Can’t wait to read what you write after hearing Lester! He always makes me LOL! And then he goes in for the kill and I usually end up in tears. So incredibly relevant that learner.

    1. So good . . . sometimes subtle and sometimes not!

  10. […] Today is dedicated to learning with . . . the co-author of the incredibly talented and witty LESTER! What will we learn? How to flip Read Alouds into Writing Opportunities! Text Structure and Organization Description Sequence Problem and Solution Compare and Contrast Cause and Effect Weaving Meaning Inferring Summarizing Synthesizing Visualizing Determining Importance Making Connections …  […]

  11. […] Additional information about Lester’s (His request, “One name only!”) visit to Iowa here and here! […]

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