Picturing Writing Time of Day Workshop

3 Virtual Afterschool Sessions in October

Address Learning Loss through an evidence-based approach that engages all learners

Picturing Writing is an innovative, evidence-based approach to teaching writing designed to meet the needs of a wide range of learners. This highly scaffolded, multimodal approach gives students access to visual as well as verbal tools for developing and recording their ideas. Because pictures offer a universal language, Picturing Writing allows students to enter the reading/writing process from a position of strength and enthusiasm. It provides an enticing, alternative pathway into writing for emergent writers, English Learners, and others who struggle with reading and writing.

The foundational Time of Day Unit introduces Artists/Writers Workshop to teachers and students. It teaches the crayon resist painting process and how to read pictures to access detail and description. Participants will be introduced to proven methods to expand vocabulary and create descriptive writing. They will learn how to “make magic” by selecting just the right words (active verbs) to make their paintings appear to “come alive.” The Time of Day Unit is a precursor to narrative writing. It teaches how to develop a sense of setting, how to paint pictures in the reader’s mind, and that when you turn the pages of a book, time passes. As students engage authentically with language and learn how to make their paintings come to life, they come to appreciate the purpose of various parts of speech—in ways that are particularly meaningful to those wishing to perform “The Magic Trick.”

This updated version of the Time of Day Unit teaches 3 genres: descriptive writing, informational writing, and opinion writing. This unit lays the groundwork for more sophisticated Picturing Writing units of study later in the school year.

No previous art experience necessary!

Registration deadline: October 12, 2023

2023 Picturing Writing TOD Workshop

October 24 & 26, November 2 –  3:30-5:30 PM ET (Tues./Thurs./Thurs.)


SNHU Graduate Credit (1)*
*Up to 3 credits available.
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Optional Time of Day Instructional Video at 50% off for $100.


Picturing Writing Classroom Kit for 20 Students


Picturing Writing Classroom Kit for 24 Students


Paper Order Form for Picturing Writing Time of Day Workshop (pdf)

Location: Your home or school (virtually)

Cost: $450 (includes teachers manual, book/introductory video, 3 mentor texts, 2 posters, Artists/Writers Workshop poster, Artists Frame, and all workshop art materials shipped to you.)

One graduate credit available through SNHU for $150;
additional credits available for classroom implementation.

Optional Time of Day Instructional Video at 50% off for $100.

Picturing Writing Classroom Kit options:
$555 for 20 students (plus $45 S&H to ship the 40+ lb. box)
$620 for 24 students (plus $45 S&H to ship the 40+ lb. box)

Questions: Contact Beth at [email protected] or (603) 659-6018

Cancellation after deadline will be charged a $50 processing fee; Cancellation after workshop materials have been shipped will be charged $50 plus $175, the cost of materials and shipping.

I have never in my 30 years of teaching seen first graders write like this or be so attuned to literature. This approach works for my low readers and writers; it challenges my top students; and it supports those in the middle.

Merrilee Thissell, first-grade teacher

Picturing Writing allowed all my children to be successful. It provided wonderful concrete tools for rehearsal, drafting, and revision. I saw the most growth with my lowest students.

Millie Parks, fifth-grade teacher

I had great success using these methods with English Learners and other at-risk students. This visual approach promotes oral language skills and writing that flows directly from the pictures students have painted with care.

Donna Garcia, Instructor of Language & Literacy, UNM

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