School Workshops

Each year, Badgerdog sends professional writers into classrooms across Central Texas, where they inspire students to embrace the challenge and beauty of writing. Our teaching artists follow Badgerdog’s READ-WRITE-SHARE teaching model. Lessons engage students through creative and critical thinking, and invite young writers to explore how language is used to create meaning and affect readers. All lessons are TEKS-aligned and tailored to support grade-level curriculum.

To best meet schools’ and teachers’ needs, Badgerdog teaching artists work with classroom teachers to understand students’ skill levels, areas of difficulty, and language arts objectives. Workshops can be aligned closely with the school curriculum, or teaching artists can share the lessons they love most, exposing students to all genres and various writing techniques. Lesson topics include, for example: metaphor and simile, character development, poetic forms, imagery, dialogue, rhythm and rhyme.

Over the course of a workshop, students experience all stages of the writing process, from idea generation to revision to publication. We aim to provide every young writer with the opportunity to perform and publish his or her work—to bring it to life beyond the writing journal. All school workshops culminate with a reading performance on campus, where each student shares an original piece before an audience of students, parents, and teachers. Student work is also published online or in a library-quality journal at the end of the year.

Badgerdog workshops typically meet weekly (during the school day or afterschool) for approximately one hour and are scheduled according to teachers’ priorities. Workshop programs include:

  • Year-long workshops
  • Semester-long workshops
  • Six-week workshops
  • Three-week workshops
  • One-time, topic-focused workshops

This spring, Badgerdog teaching artists will be working with students at Barrington Elementary, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary, Brown Elementary, Oak Meadows Elementary, Pickle Elementary, and Pioneer Crossing Elementary.

Read students' poems and stories on our blog, Unbound.

Teachers Talk About Badgerdog

"The students were really excited to have the Badgerdog instructor work with them. She was great at getting the students to participate. She is really getting them to think and write on the spot, which is just the motivation they need."

- Ms. Cordova, 2nd-grade teacher at Brown Elementary

"The Badgerdog instructor was AMAZING, and the students really enjoyed everything he had to offer! We are very excited to produce more poetry."

- Ms. Garcia, 2nd-grade teacher at Brown Elementary

"The Badgerdog instructor was very captivating and brought out the best in the children. We look forward to her visiting each week."

- Ms. Ash, 2nd-grade teacher at Brown Elementary

"The Badgerdog instructor is FABULOUS! I love the writing topics and genres she is teaching them. I can already see them blossoming! Thank you for this awesome opportunity."

- Ms. Barrera, 4th-grade teacher at Pioneer Crossing Elementary

If you’d like to learn more about Badgerdog’s school-based workshops, contact Programs Manager Cecily Sailer: csailer@austinlibrary.org.

 

We are grateful to Applied Materials for their support of our programs in Manor Independent School District. The contributions of Applied Materials allow us to work with four schools each year, bringing writers into classrooms to inspire students and guide them through the process of creating literary works of art.