Elementary Session
Literature Study and Writing
Presenter: Wendy Calise

March 16 – 17 2019

The literature portion of the workshop has been designed to address more specifically how to present the substance of literary study. One of the most important aspects of this work is the introduction of the vocabulary of literature. In order for the elementary child to fully appreciate the historical development of writing and the eventual complexity of form that mankind created over thousands of years, he must have the language to describe what he is reading. Reading is an activity of pleasure in its own right, but the children find further joy in developing an appreciation of the many forms of literature and an understanding of their construction.

This workshop is designed for 6-12 teachers. Topics covered include:

  • Classification and elements of literature
  • Classification and elements of fiction
  • Genres of fiction
  • How to conduct the study of a novel in a book group format
  • Introduction to Literary terms including setting, plot, antagonist, protagonist, theme, plot , etc…
  • Reading and analysis of poetry with use of literary terms including repetition, alliteration, meter, personification, simile, metaphor, imagery, etc…
  • Examination of non-fiction and the authors’ varying purposes for writing

The writing session will be devoted to the deliberate extensive process of foundation work necessary to create strong writers. The ability to write is a skill that takes consistent presentation, writing, and editing over the entire span of the elementary years. Wendy Calise wrote lessons and experimented with children for many years developing a framework of lessons that directly address the complexity and forms of writing.

This workshop is designed for 9-12 teachers, though some of it is appropriate for younger children as well. Topics covered include:

  • Types of sentences
  • Review of early grammar and syntax work
  • Formation of a paragraph using a topic sentence, details, and conclusion
  • Use of the questions who, what where, when and why to start a piece of writing clearly
  • Expansion of single paragraph into multi-paragraph work
  • Consideration of audience and tone
  • The Writing Process
  • Use of outline
  • Use of and practice with transition, contrast, sequence, concluding, restatement, generalizing, etc… words and phrases
  • Note taking from varying sources