Writing PD Resources

Thank you to everyone who participated in our writing PD.  Great conversations were had, and we hope that it was beneficial for all.  The Teachers Reading and Writing Project have a plethora of digital resources and are very active on each one.  We have listed some great resources for writing for your use and information..

  • Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project page



  • Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Facebook group is very active and wonderful conversations occurring. Calkins herself will chime in too on some of the conversations. Below is the sign up link for the group:



  • Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Twitter chats occur every Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. eastern time.

           https://twitter.com/TCRWP.  The schedule for the Twitter chats is linked below.



  • On Vimeo, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project have a plethora of videos to watch the workshop in action.



  • Pinterest:



  • The Two Writing Teachers blog- great information which comes out bi weekly by  teachers and coaches in the trenches of Calkins writing.  Sign up to receive the biweekly posts – by clicking on follow+ on



  • Mentor Text – We developed a list of great mentor text.  Some of our LRC’s have these books in circulation.  Listed out are the genre, grade level, and skills that are addressed.


  • Professional Books


Big Book of Details by Roz Linder    Writing Strategies by Jennifer Serravallo


If you  are in need of coaching of writing, please fill out a Coaching Request Form and we would be more than happy to work with you.



Reading Based Socratic Seminar Resources

After spending time with you exploring the basics of a reading-based socratic seminar, we would like to share some resources that you can use to extend your knowledge and consider further application in your classroom.

At the elementary level, you may want to consider scaffolding a student led discussion by focusing on one skill at a time.  Jennifer Seravello has some excellent lessons in her book The Reading Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers. The following lessons may be helpful in scaffolding how to have a meaningful conversation:

12.3 Invite Quieter Voices (p. 330)

12.4 Say Back What You Heard (p. 331)

12.5 Taking Turns Without Raising Hands (p.332)

12.11 Keep the Line Alive (p. 338)

Are you a visual learner?  Here are some videos of Socratic Seminar in Action:

An educational video with explanations and students in action

Third Grade Inclusion Class Example

Do you like to read blogs of other educators?

Using Socratic Seminar in the Art Room

Socratic Seminar in Kindergarten

How to Liven Up Socratic Seminar

Our Handouts

The cover page was derived from this informative site:

Benefits of Socratic Seminar at the Elementary Level

Directions to get you started.

Question Stems:

Accountable Talk

Sorted Stems by Focus of Conversation


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