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The Cal State Northridge Writing Project

"Writers don't need to be given formulas; they need to be shown possibilities"

-Barry Lane


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Cal State Northridge Writing Project
Kathleen D. Rowlands, Director
Michael D. Eisner College of Education
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265

ISAW: Improving Students' Analytical Writing

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ISAW (Improving Students’ Analytical Writing) is the California Writing Project’s nationally recognized program that provides teachers—secondary, community college, and university—with a professional community focused on empowering all students to write academically, analytically, and engagingly. Simply, ISAW shows teachers how to engage students in academic writing--the writing they'll be expected to produce once they leave high school. But, ISAW is about more than getting students ready for college. It teaches students how to participate in the discourse of writing, and gets them writing about matters in a way that goes beyond the five paragraph essay, preparing them with a basis for writing for life.

Introduction to ISAW Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the 2018 Write to Literacy Conference. Conference registration HERE.

Demystifying Analytical Writing Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9-12. Discover the improvement model of writing instruction.

Analytical Reading and Writing Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 9-12. Help students read like writers and write with readers in mind.

Register for either session for $60 or both sessions for $100 HERE.

Registration includes:
Continental breakfast and all materials, classroom resources, writing prompts and classroom-tested strategies that support students in their writing of compelling academic essays; and the California Writing Project Improvement Continuum.

ISAW provides effective professional learning for teachers who wish to:

• demystify the teaching and learning of analytic writing;

• examine how teachers can make academic writing an integral component of a high school curriculum by focusing on student improvement;

• provide students with effective Common Core writing instruction that addresses all ten writing Anchor Standards (and many of the Reading Standards as well);

• accelerate the academic writing improvement of all students—the college-bound, English learners, and struggling writers—and preparing more of these students for college; and

• are interested in collaborating with high school, community college, and four-year university teachers to move students along a pathway of academic preparation that leads to success in and beyond high school.

Download the FLYER here.

The California Writing Project ISAW flyer contains detailed information about the program and its astonishing success with students since 1999.

Skeptical? Here is an example of ISAW Student Writing Improvement.

Still need to be persuaded? Read what ISAW teachers say about the development in their ability to teach analytical writing and critical reading.


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To register by check or PO, call the Writing Project at 818-677-2534.

Space Is Limited! Register Early!

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