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At Super Saturdays, students participate in a presenter’s workshop, which includes demonstration, mentor texts, engaging strategies, writing time, and sharing. These sessions take place on select Saturdays, usually for an hour. This year, Super Saturday is offering workshops for all grade levels!

Our Super Saturdays use a "lab school" model, in which teachers and students participate in the presenter’s workshop lesson together in small groups, generally including the following: mini-lesson on writing craft, study of a mentor text, demonstration of innovative and engaging pedagogical strategies, large blocks of time for students and teachers to write, and sharing writing in small groups or whole group.

This year we are also offering a free parent workshop for parents that wish to aid their students in their writing journey!

Student Event Schedule

10:00am - 10:25am - Registration in front of Sweeney Hall Courtyard*

10:30am - 12:00pm - Super Saturday lesson led by Teacher Consultant


Parent Event Schedule

10:00am - 10:25am - Registration in front of Sweey Hall Courtyard

10:30am - 11:45am - Parent workshop led by Jamie Koo

*Please note that all parents need to be on campus with their students until 10:25. Students are not able to access rooms until 10:30 because teachers are in meetings for our lab school to review the lesson plans for the day.  Parents are welcome to stay on campus to attend our FREE parent programming on how to best support your student writers that will occur at the same as our student programming.

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Super Saturdays

Program Overview


Grades 1-3

Grades 4-7

Grades 8-12


October 1, 2022

10:30am - 12:00pm


San Jose State University

1 Washington Square, San Jose, 95192


$20.00 per class

with Girl on the Line author FAITH GARDNER

Writing for Publication

So you think you want to be a writer—but how do you actually become one? How do you go from writing words on a page to getting published? Professional fiction writers almost always start with building a list of publishing credits in magazines, literary journals, or blogs. This class will provide young writers with a space to work on their first pieces to submit to publications. Along with writing exercises, we will be going over the steps and different pathways that lead to publication for creative writing, how to find the right publication for your work, how to submit, and how to polish up your submission so it's in the best shape possible when you're ready to send it out.

Register below!

About the


Faith Gardner

Faith Gardner is the author of GIRL ON THE LINE, THE SECOND LIFE OF AVA RIVERS, and PERDITA. Her short fiction has appeared in dozens of online and print publications. When she's not writing, she works at Daily Kos and plays in the band Plot 66.


Fun from First to Final Draft

Do you want to have fun during every step of the writing process? Come join me to brainstorm and draft silly & wild stories, revise using mentor sentences, and peer edit with the help of some musical chairs. We will use technology tools and inspiration from your favorite authors to have fun. Please bring a book by your favorite author if you can. :)
Mele Perla is a 1st grade teacher at Herbert Hoover Elementary School in the Palo Alto Unified School District.


Image Introductions

At the end of the play Our Town, Emily is overcome with love for “clocks ticking, hot baths, and mama’s sunflowers” after being encouraged to return to an ordinary day. What are some moments that you would like to return to? Let’s craft those into tiny gems of poetry! You will only end up writing two sentences but actually practice a whole range of skills and have fun in the process! We’ll review some mentor texts to develop a list of descriptive strategies and then use them to polish a single moment in time. Once you have crafted your piece, you will work with a partner eventually introducing each other and sharing these miniature moments of joy. You’ll leave with new eyes trained to recognize the beauty hidden in the sensory details of any given moment. Once you write it down, you can return to it again and again.
Renee Johnson teaches ELA 7 at JLS Middle School in Palo Alto. 


The Magic of World-Building

If you could be in any fictional world right now, where would you be? Take a second to think about it. Or two. Or three. And now you're getting lost in a daydream that you wish weren't just a dream. Maybe you're flying alongside Harry Potter in a game of quidditch. Maybe you're studying with Rory Gilmore at Stars Hollow. Or maybe you're bonding with Belarion the Black Dread at Dragonstone, after the Doom of Valeria. Dracaris, anyone?

This is the magic of world-building, and I'll make a bold claim: it really is everything in any kind of writing, whether that's a personal essay, a science fiction short story, or the shows you Netflix-and-chill to. So, if you want to learn to craft compelling worlds for your readers to lose themselves to in a daydream, this is the course for you: we will carefully study how and why other authors plan and craft their worlds before you will do so for your own stories. By the end of the course, you will have a more refined set of tools for making your stories come alive.

Rosie Nguyen teaches English at Homestead High School.


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Guiding and Coaching

Your Aspiring Writer

You receive an email notification from your child granting you permission to comment and edit their writing assignment. You click to open, apprehensive of what the document might contain. Remembering that your child is being vulnerable by sharing their writing with you, you hesitate to respond, fearful that your comments may sound overly critical or insincere. Worse yet, you don't even know where to start providing feedback! This parent workshop will give strategies to guide and coach your aspiring writer with confidence. We will talk about how to help your child improve sentences and how to affirm and gently nudge children to expand their idea development. 

Jaime Koo was a middle school Language Arts teacher in Milpitas for 10 years. She is now a Parent Engagement Coordinator at the Santa Clara County Office of Education.


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