The Oregon Writing Project’s (OWP) curriculum development institute, or “camp,” hones K-8 teachers’ capacities to create curriculum from the ground up. During this one-week course, teachers build a grade-level unit to use in the upcoming year. Participants will leave this workshop with a draft of a curriculum unit that embeds writing throughout.
This course begins with morning demonstration lessons on teaching the writing process, including narrative and essay craft lessons and revision strategies embedded in a historical/literary unit. These lessons are followed by guided development of curriculum, embedding these strategies in the study of a particular piece of literature: short story, picture book, novel, nonfiction, or drama.
Working in small groups, teachers have time to research historical background information for their units, or to find the just-right poem, short story, or speech to enhance student understanding. Decisions about themes or pieces of literature are made by teachers who work in groups. Bring a teaching colleague, or join grade-level colleagues from other schools.