A Guide to Creating Student-Staffed Writing Centers, Grades 6–12, Revised Edition is a how-to and, ultimately, a why-to book for middle school and high school educators as well as for English/language arts teacher candidates and their methods instructors. This revised and updated International Writing Centers Association 2006 Book of the Year shows writing centers as places where writers work with each other in an effort to develop ideas, discover a thesis, overcome procrastination, create an outline, or revise a draft. Ultimately, writing centers help students become more effective writers. Visit any college or university in the United States and chances are there is a writing center available to students, staff, and community members. Writing centers support students and busy teachers while emphasizing and supporting writing across the curriculum.
Chapter 6: Resources and Activities
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RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES
In another life I worked at a ski resort. I wrote press releases, called news outlets, and stood outside in the snow greeting skiers. I learned a lot about marketing, writing, and deadlines in this job; I also learned about focus, in this case: snow. My boss’s obsession was the snow. Making snow, grooming snow, planning for snow, dreaming of snow. Whenever the staff gathered, the question was always the same: How’s the snow?
My long-ago boss’s focus reminds me of the central focus of writing centers: the tutorial. Everything we do should move toward more improved tutorials and more successful writers in our school. When I look at effective writing centers like Edison High School (VA), I see that laser focus. Visit the Edison website and you’ll see that it’s all about the tutorial, and the EHS Writing Center offers four tutorial opportunities: