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Super Saturdays


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.


Super Saturday 2022

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*When you register, please rank the top two classes you would like to enroll in via the questions.


At Super Saturdays, teachers and students participate in the presenter’s workshop, which includes demonstration, mentor texts, engaging strategies, writing time, and sharing. This year, Super Saturday is offering workshops for teachers of 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.

Teacher Event Schedule
9:30am -10:00am - Registration in front of Sweeney Hall Courtyard
10:00am - 10:25am - Lesson pre-brief with presenting Teacher Consultant
10:30am - 12:00pm - Super Saturday lesson led by Teacher Consultant
12:00pm - 12:30pm - Lesson debrief with presenting Teacher Consultant

Program Overview


Teachers of Grades 1-12


October 1, 2022

9:45am - 12:30pm


San Jose State University

1 Washington Square, San Jose, 95192


$20.00 per class

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