Introduction to 'Social Narratives': Rethinking Personal Narratives, Social Issues, and Social Movements (6-12)

Do you long to get in back in touch with your writerly self? Would you love to share some of your own writing with your students and deepen the writing community of your classroom, but find you just need the dedicated time and space to put pen to paper?

Participants in this workshop will spend time writing their own "social narratives" (a genre related to "personal narratives") as they think through ways to incorporate components of writer's workshop (e.g., daily pages, writer's notebooks, mini lessons, anchor charts, mentor texts, conferences, small groups, and share time) into their classroom structure. The facilitator will model writing activities and mini lessons focused around highlighting the social context of our personal stories, provide plenty of space for participants to try out the writing, and invite teachers to begin thinking through how writer's workshop may enhance a unit on social narrative writing.

Bring a notebook or laptop for writing, any mentor or anchor texts you think you may want to use in conjunction with a narrative writing unit (not required!), and your creative spirit!


Breanne Huston of Hart County Schools taught high school English for eight years and now serves as a secondary literacy instructional coach. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Georgia's Department of Educational Theory and Practice and serves as co-director of the Red Clay Writing Project Summer Institute. This summer, she conducted workshops on narrative and informational writing for teachers in grades 9-12 attending GaDOE's L4 literacy institute. Her chapter "Remixing Literacy for Justice and Hope" appears in the book "Young Adult Literature and the Digital World" (2018).

This event is part of the Red Clay Writing Project Saturday Morning Series.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 9:00am to 12:00pm

Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602

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Career and Professional Development


Red Clay Writing Project

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Melanie C . Baer

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