HOW TO "PAINLESSLY" TEACH ESSENTIAL WRITING CONVENTIONS
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teachers in grades 2 through 12 in all subject areas, curriculum
coordinators, principals, supervisors, curriculum committee members,
school-based management team members and special educators.
For teachers in all subject
areas at grades 2 to 12, department heads, principals, supervisors,
curriculum committee members, and special educators.
With the Common Core Standards' emphasis on "formal language,”
teachers are asking themselves familiar questions with even greater
- At what grade should students
be expected to capitalize first words of sentences consistently,
punctuate dialogue correctly, be aware of subject-verb
agreement, or use an ellipsis properly in a quote?
- How do I keep from teaching
the same conventions over and over?
- How do I make my students
more responsible for self-editing?
- Should students be allowed to
use a "cheat sheet" when editing their work?
This workshop focuses on these and
other questions that have frustrated teachers for decades. Come to
this fast-paced, interactive workshop to discover what the "priority
conventions" are and ways to address them in your writing
assignments. Learn about using Focus Correction Areas (FCAs) to find
the right balance for emphasizing content, organization, style, and
conventions. Also learn how to use Check Mate, a simple,
easy-to-use student reference guide for the most frequently used and
tested writing conventions.
PARTICIPANTS WILL . . .
Learn what the essential
conventions of formal language are and how to teach them
Become familiar with The Top
Twenty (the most common writing mistakes made by college
freshmen) and why they matter to elementary, middle, and high
Learn to develop the “academic
vocabulary” students need to talk about writing conventions
Discover how to help students
master conventions through meaningful practice and application
to authentic writing tasks
Know how to embed writing, along
with essential conventions, throughout the curriculum
Learn how to use high-priority
conventions as the “third FCA”
Begin to prepare students for the
language arts challenges of the Common Core State Standards
assessment in 2014
NOTE: A one
graduate credit option is available for our
day institutes through Endicott College in Beverly, MA.