Oregon Writing Project

Family Literacy Programs

The Oregon Writing Project at Willamette University is now offering fun, interactive, and educational family programs focused on increasing student achievement in the area of literacy. Typical sessions last between 60 and 90 minutes and are available for $250.  Our Teacher Consultants are happy to work with on-site translators, as needed.  Maximum of 40 attendees per session, please.

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Available programs include:

"Supporting Literacy at Home"

Designed for parents of elementary, middle, and high school age children, this program offers ideas that can be used in every home to engage children in reading and writing.

"Responding to Your Child's Writing"

It can be daunting to give feedback to a budding young writer.  In this OWP program, students Grades 3 through 12 and their parents will discuss and examine how to be most helpful in guiding and encouraging successful writing experiences.

"Family 'Pop-up' With Books"

Elementary school students and their parents will discuss their favorite books and then work together to create a "pop-up" book to celebrate these favorite stories.

"Science & Writing"

In this OWP Family Literacy Program, elementary school students and their parents will discover and learn about our everyday world through science!

"Our Heritage"

Open to elementary, middle, and high school students and their parents, this session brings families together to share family stories in Spanish and English.  (This session's instructor speaks both Spanish and English.)

"Writing for Your Life"

Elementary, middle, and high school students and their parents are invited to write about timely topics, explore their imaginations, and learn how to improve their writing in new, creative, and meaningful ways.

"Family Journals"

Elementary and middle school students and their parents are invited to a night of writing, decorating, and fun as they create together a family journal that can be used for years of writing together.

"Story Power"

Middle and high school students, working with their parents, will turn family stories into personal narratives through the use of plot, character, imagery, and theme.  This is an authentic writing opportunity for families to memorialize their histories in a way that can be treasured and shared.

"Family Poetry"

Elementary, middle, and high school students and their parents will write poetry together during this program as they unlock their unique voices.  This popular program promotes skills that can be repeated at home.

"A Word of Advice"

Oscar Wilde once said, "the only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on," and that is just what participating middle and/or high school students and their parents will do during this session.  After examining a variety of mentor texts, family members will prepare and share words of wisdom.

For more information or to schedule an inservice program

Angela Obery
Oregon Writing Project
Graduate School of Education
900 State St., Salem, OR 97301
503-315-8292