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Teaching Nonfiction Writing with Style

“Teaching Nonfiction Writing with Style “ is a Delaware Writing Project Summer Institute for teachers of grades K-12.  This institute will explore how to incorporate the Common Core State Standards’ focus on nonfiction writing into instruction without sacrificing style.  Fellows will explore the teaching of writing using creatively written nonfiction mentor texts with memorable style and voice such as memoir, essay, letters, poetry, interviews, and even research papers.

With a renewed emphasis on writing instruction, this workshop provides teachers with experiences in writing informational texts that are not dry and boring. Fellows will experience the power of infusing style into non-fiction writing first-hand as well as create a Common Core State Standards based unit emphasizing high quality writing instruction. At the conclusion of the Summer Institute, fellows will have new expertise to use and share with peers in the upcoming school year.

 Program Details

Applications are due by May 15, 2015.  Registration priority will be given to teachers in Title 11 priority schools. A stipend of $600 will be provided to registrants who attend all institute sessions and complete all institute activities and requirements.   

Requirements: Attend sessions and successfully complete all institute activities.  Stipend for successfully fulfilling the requirements: $600.00.

ENROLLMENT IS CLOSED – Check back next year!

Contact: Patti Dooling (dooling@udel.edu) with questions.

Target Audience: Teachers of grades K-12 ELA, Science, and Social Studies

Instructors: Christine Weis (Brandywine School District), Robyn Howton (Brandywine School District)
Dates: July 6-9 and July 13-14, 2015
Time: 12:30-3:30 pm
Location: 200 Academy Street, University of Delaware, Newark, DE


About the Instructors:

Robyn Howton has been teaching for 23 years.  She spent the first 13 years in Missouri and has taught at Mount Pleasant High School in the Brandywine School District for the last 10 years. Robyn received her B.S. from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, her M.Ed. from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri and became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2007.  Robyn became a Teacher Consultant for the Delaware Writing Project in 2008.  She has facilitated workshops for the Delaware Writing Project for the last two summers.  Robyn is currently involved in turning her classroom into a model of Blended Learning.  For the last 18 months, as a member of the Rodel Teacher Council, Robyn has been involved in developing a Blueprint for Personalized Learning.


Christine Weis has been teaching for 13 years.  She spent the first 3 years teaching in Brooklyn, New York and has taught at Mount Pleasant Elementary School in the Brandywine School District for the last 10 years. Christine received her B.S. from The College of Staten Island in Early Childhood Education, her M.Ed. in Elementary Education, also holding an interpreting certificate from the Seymour Joseph Institute of American Sign Language. Christine became a Teacher Consultant for the Delaware Writing Project in 2008.  Christine has facilitated workshops for parents and teachers in and out of her school district. She has attended the National Writing Conference in Washington D.C. this past spring. Each year Christine leads her students through the Scholastic Kids Are Author’s national writing competition, which both her second and third grade classes were selected as Honorable Mention winners.  Christine has a passion for writing and for developing young writers.

200 Academy Street · University of Delaware · Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1279
Fax: 302-831-2708
E-mail: PDCE-CEHD@udel.edu