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Teaching Writing in Wyoming|Lost in Transition 2014

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Contact LeaRN
Coe 219
University of Wyoming
Dept 3334
1000 E. University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307.766.4430
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Teaching Writing in Wyoming
and the Literature Summit

Lost in Transition:
Writing and Literature
in the 21st Century

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Friday, November 7- Saturday, November 8
Casper College Casper, WY

Registration is free, but required.
Registration closes October 24th, 2014. 

Please click here to register.


Professional Teaching Standard Board (PTSB) credit will be available.


  • Foster conversation and collaboration among language arts teachers across secondary and postsecondary levels.
  • Extend discussions from Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 Lost in Translation events, specifically around close reading and the relationship between student reading and writing.
  • Deepen teachers' (and ultimately students') understanding about the ways that reading and writing provide mutually reinforcing opportunities for learning and personal growth.
  • Generate ideas to help students develop close reading skills and support their writing and textual evidence.
  • Explore the CCSS components that create opportunities (and tensions) for connecting student reading and writing.


Any travel or lodging expenses are the responsibility of the registrant or the organization represented.

  • There are no more rooms available at the Hilton for TWW. 

  • TWW has put a block on 25 rooms at the Courtyard Marriott in Casper.  To book one of these rooms, call the Courtyard Marriott at 307-473-2600 and tell them you are a part of the "TWW Group."  Each room is $147/night.  You need reserve your rooms before October 31st in order to get this group rate.

    NOTE:  There is a State Volleyball Tournament happening the same weekend as the Lost in Transition Conference.  Hotel rooms are difficult to find for the 6th and 7th.  Please plan accordingly.

Pre-conference Tasks

For a list of the few tasks and required readings to complete before you come to the conference, click here.

Tentative Agenda

For a PDF of the agenda, click here.


12:00-12:30 pm
Registration, lunch, and welcomes

Panel Discussion: Making it matter: How close reading and writing provide opportunities for deeper learning.

Ryan Sennet and Malinda Garcia, Wind River Middle/High School, Pavillion
Nicole Bryant, Laramie County Community College
Arielle Zibrak, University of Wyoming at Casper

Beth Wiley

Small group discussions (to extend the panel discussion): What is the relationship between reading and writing? Is there one? How do your assumptions affect your approach to teaching and writing?

Large group reporting out


Discussion: Close Reading of text (specific text TBA)

Dinner with Speaker: Jeff Lockwood

Table Discussion: CCSS and connections between literature and writing

8:00- 8:15 am
Light breakfast treats and registration

Overview of day's agenda, and introduction to table group discussion/respondents


Table group discussion: Writing Assignments

NOTE: Each participant should bring 8 copies of a writing assignment that requires students to read at least two texts (books, movies, charts/graphs, images, news articles, student exemplars, essays, lyrics/poetry, blogs, etc.). We strongly encourage you to also bring a sample student response to the assignment (with student name removed). The sample can be either successful or poor, or one of each if you wish.


Large group reporting out: formal responders speak out!

Table self-guided discussions.

Possible topics for discussion:
On-screen/multimodal/non-traditional reading
Cross-subject collaborations
Reading as information literacy
Connecting "words" and "worlds"
Class-generated texts as reading

Large Group reporting out: Top takeaway from each break-out session

Write-up, evaluations, announcements, door prizes


Contact Rick Fisher,

or Beth Wiley,

TWW is sponsored by: Wyoming School-University Partnership  LeaRN   English Department


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