Cover Letter

For Readers of this Blog:

This site is meant to demonstrate the learning I gained through the Lake Michigan Writing Project’s Invitational Summer Institute (ISI). Through the various pages, you will encounter my learning through Reading, Teaching Demonstrations, and Writing.


On the Reading page, you will find a link to a document with all of my thoughts about the reading I’ve done over the course of the Institute. The books I discuss include:

  • Breaking the Rules: Liberating Writers through Innovative Grammar by Edgar Schuster
  • The Literature Workshop: Teaching Texts and Their Readers by Sheridan Blau
  • Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
  • Purposeful Writing: Genre Study in the Secondary Writing Workshop by Rebecca Bowers Sipe and Tracy Rosewarne

For each of these books, I review and journal/blog about how I might use the strategies presented in my classroom. Feel free to browse the document for insights and tips!

Teaching Demonstrations

On the Teaching Demonstration page, I have posted a link to my demonstration PowerPoint. I also included a reflection on what went well, what went not so well, and what I might change for next time. If you’re interested in grammar, check it out! I’ve also included a link to comments on how I can use LMWP ISI fellows’ teaching demonstrations in my own classroom.


On the Writing Page, I have included most of the writing that I have done over the course of the ISI.

  • First, you will see the short story “The Tunnel” that I wrote for the 2012 ISI Publication. The document includes the final draft, followed by several rough drafts that led to my final piece.
  • The next document contains the pieces to a memory book that I wrote for my grandmother, who is selling her house this summer. The house was a very special place for our family, so I got my cousins on board to create a book about all of our memories at her home. Unfortunately, the final product is on a website, and I need to finish up some items before I can put a link onto my blog, but you can see the final poem that graced the pages as well as my cousins’ comments on each room (at the end of the document). You’ll also find various drafts and brainstorming sessions.
  • Third, I have a document containing most of my writing from the Institute. You’ll see short memoirs, short stories, letters, poems, writing marathon pieces, and teaching demonstration pieces.
  • Lastly, I’ve included a reflection on my Self as a Writer. This includes how what I’ve discovered about myself as a writer as well as goals for future writing.

Enjoy perusing these pages for ideas and insights for writing and teaching!

Below is a review of the Lake Michigan Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute and a Plan for Change. If you’d like to see my perception of the strengths and weaknesses of the ISI or what I plan to do differently in my classroom, feel free to explore these links.

Thanks for visiting!

Becky Kooi


Final Review of LMWP ISI:

Final Reflection


Plan for Change:

Plan for Change


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