Seminars


Claim It. Prove It. Simplify It.
Close Reading, Questioning, and Writing Strategies to Use with Any Text

Close reading is the backbone of the reading anchor standards. It’s no accident that the first two words of the first reading standards are “read closely.”

With this in mind, Claim It - Prove It - Simplify It was created to demonstrate powerful and high-interest strategies, designed to help students…

 … extract meaning from fiction and nonfiction.

… annotate readings with discussion-worthy questions or observations, and

… write clear, thorough analyses in response to both literary and informational pieces.

Learning Objectives:
Students must have go-to strategies which will help them efficiently and effectively question, summarize, paraphrase, and analyze information.

Help students become more confident readers and writers by teaching them how to meaningfully interact with and evaluate multi-gene passages.

Participants will leave the session with hands-on strategies and manipulatives which will dramatically improve group discussions, visualization skills, and written responses.


Please bring a notebook, colored pencils, construction paper, colored index cards and glue to this session.

Audience:  Literacy coaches, teachers responsible for teaching the English Language Arts standards, administrators, and professional developers responsible for the academic achievement of students in grades 3-10


It’s All About Evidence
Quick and Easy Lessons and Active Student Engagement Strategies

Whether you are working in a regular education, special education or gifted classroom, you will find easy-to-implement lesson ideas in this workshop that will get your students actively engaged in learning. Low-prep/no- prep lessons and online resources will be featured along with learning centers that encourage students to practice essential skills.

Learning Objectives:
During this interactive session, participants will learn how to…

engage every student with interactive lessons using organizers, assessment templates, and content-driven exit tickets.

...have students participate in meaningful, collaborative discussions with diverse partners.

…give students the opportunity to practice essential skills by completing activities at learning stations.

…use Common Core online resources to access valuable teaching tips and to prepare students for their college and career goals.


Participants will leave the session with low-prep and no-prep materials designed to engage multi-level learners.

Audience:  Literacy coaches, English Language Arts teachers, administrators, and professional developers responsible for the academic achievement of students in grades 3-10



Write Like Crazy
 Using a Writer's Notebook to Teach Common Core State Standards

Are you wondering if there’s a simple way to help students meet and exceed the demands of the new standards?  There is.  Get started by having your students to write like crazy while loving every minute of it.

What is a Writer’s Notebook?
A Writer’s Notebook is a blank book which a writer uses to gather ideas and play with language. Minimal preparation is required for teachers to execute lessons which provide big payoffs in literacy improvement for students.

Learning Objectives: Participants will engage in a variety of high-interest Quick Writes with emphasis on using: transitions/linking words, sentence variety strategies, show-don’t tell exercises, paragraph formats and more.

All attendees will learn how to…

…set up Writers’ Notebooks.

…use Collections to revise writing pieces throughout the year.

…assign Quick Writes to teach grammar skills and to promote writing fluency.

…help students internalize writing conventions by Scaffolding lessons.

…try free internet resources designed to integrate the CCSS into any ELA curriculum.

You’ll learn how to get students of all ability levels to organize engaging paragraphs and essays. Participants will be shown step-by-step strategies that will challenge strong writers and support struggling writers.  Formative assessment strategies that give students on-the-spot feedback will also be demonstrated. Participants will create and leave the workshop with easy-to-execute lessons that will engage even the most reluctant writer.

Please bring a notebook, markers, colored pencils or crayons, scissors, and glue to this session.

Audience:  Literacy coaches, teachers responsible for teaching the English Language Arts standards, administrators, and professional developers responsible for the academic achievement of students in grades 3-10


Testimonials

I have personally witnessed Ms. Malone move groups from resistance to enthusiasm.
Michael Hinman, Supervisor of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Janice’s workshops provide teachers with a perfect combination of background knowledge and practical, hands-on ideas.
Annette C. Giaquinto, Ed. D. Superintendent of Schools

Janice Malone is entertaining and exuberant when teaching teachers…a real wealth of knowledge and creativity!!!
Rachel Ludwig, Alternate Route Graduate Student

I owe the very fact that I am a writer to Mrs. Malone. I found my passion in life and am pursuing it, as so few have the opportunity to do, because of her Creative Writing classes.
Thomas Dunford, Dow Jones Copy Reader

Our class discussions were so engaging that, most of the time, I forgot I was in school, - let alone being graded.
Kaylee Bruckler, Boston University