Sarah Robbins has thirty years of experience teaching English/Language Arts in K-12, community college, and university classrooms. A National Writing Project site director for over a decade, she is also director of the Keeping and Creating American Communities (KCAC), a K-university program supporting students’ and teachers’ interdisciplinary research and writing about community life. Two books co-edited by Sarah—Writing America and Writing Our Communities—have grown out of the KCAC project and share work by classroom teachers in the program. Sarah has written extensively for journals such as College English, English Journal, and English Education, including essays on teacher professional development, integrating writing and literature instruction, new approaches to teaching literature, doing community research, and using writing assessment to support learning.
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Sarah presents to K-16 educators on building a collaborative community studies program, writing instrution, and literature.
Holocaust Education Workshop
Clayton County, Jonesboro, Georgia—February 2006
Teachers are invited to explore key themes associated with learning about the Holocaust and related topics through study of texts such as Night and The Diary of Anne Frank in this interactive half-day session. A range of parallel texts addressing these themes are introduced, including ones appropriate for comparative study of the Indian Removal, the Japanese-American internment, as well as the Middle Passage and enslavement of Africans in the U.S. Creative strategies for teaching tied to NCTE and state standards are used, such as interpreting visual culture texts, reflective journaling, and role play. Time for planning—both cross-level and by grade level—is included.
ReadWriteThink Lesson Plan "Supporting Vocabulary Development with EASE"
This lesson plan was published in cooperation with the Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project. The plan allows teachers to enrich students’ oral and written language with an easy and systematic routine for teaching academic and robust vocabulary: EASE! Enunciate, Associate, Synthesize, and Emphasize the words you want students to use in classroom writing and conversations.