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A WritingFix/NNWP Teacher Presenter: Caroline Hatcher
a Northern Nevada Writing Project Teacher Consultant shares her on-line materials

Hello, my name is Caroline Hatcher, and I have had the opportunity to teach in Switzerland, San Diego and now, Reno, Nevada. I am constantly learning, and each time I think I have figured everything out, I take a new class and realize how much more I still have to learn. Currently, I am embarking on a new adventure as an Implementation Specialist for my school district.

Working with at-risk students in San Diego County, I was fortunate enough to collaborate with Janet Allen on a frequent basis, and was inspired to write my thesis on the connection between students’ self-efficacy and their writing products.

I learned that, just like myself, many students do not consider themselves good writers because at some point they internalized a negative comment or criticism of their writing to be an “absolute truth.” My German teacher in college told me my writing sifted through her hands like sand to a bottomless ocean, going nowhere.

While I don’t believe in feeding kids with frivolous, forced kudos, I do believe that each student has at least one spectacular quote, line, subject, voice within them, and it is my job to help him or her find it. It is this philosophy that helped me to get my struggling junior students to pass the high school proficiency writing exam. I learned that more than strategies, my students needed to believe they were good enough at writing. While formulas can be a foundation for some struggling writers, it can also be a deterrent from personalization for many, much like Stephen King attempting to write a Nicholas Sparks novel. I don’t want to lose my students to the path “most taken,” so it is my hope that this portfolio will become an ongoing project, which will eventually help me find my own path.

Caroline Hatcher is a Northern Nevada high school teacher and a implementation specialist. She became a consultant and presenter for the Northern Nevada Writing Project in 2008.

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Three of Caroline's Lessons at WritingFix:

A Poetry Lesson:
The Dust Bowl Blues

Mentor Texts: Woody Guthrie's Dust Bowl Blues, as well as Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust

Focus Trait: Idea Development
Support Trait: Organization

Caroline created this lesson while attending the NNWP's iPods Across the Curriculum Inservice.

An Expository Lesson:
Truth Be Told

Mentor Texts: Fox by Margaret Wild and Reviving the Essay by Gretchen Bernabei

Focus Trait: Idea Development
Support Trait: Organization

Caroline created this lesson while attending the NNWP's Expository Writing Inservice.

A Differentiated Writing Project:
Feel Something from my Story

Mentor Texts: Twilight by Stephanie Meyers and The Differentiated Classroom by Carol Ann Tomlinson

Focus Trait: Idea Development
Support Trait: Organization

Caroline created this lesson while attending the NNWP's Differentiated Writing Instruction Workshop.

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Other Teachers' WritingFix Lessons that Caroline Uses:

A Narrative Lesson:
"I Never Knew That!"

Mentor Text: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This lesson was created by fellow NNWP Consultant Phil Harriman.

A Poetry Lesson:
With Your Own Two Hands

Mentor Text: Ben Harper’s With My Own Two Hands as well as John Mayer’s Waiting On The World To Change.

This lesson was created by fellow NNWP Consultant Rob Stone.

A Poetry Lesson:
My Adidas

Mentor Text: Run D.M.C.’s My Adidas.

This lesson was created by fellow NNWP Consultant Rob Stone.

A Poem for Two Voices
Mob's Voice vs. Hero's Voice

Mentor Text: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This lesson was created by fellow NNWP Consultant Jamie Priddy.

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