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1 Day Workshops

Infusing Social Studies Content with Literacy Aids to Aid Students with Language-Based Learning Disabilities – Summer Institute 2020

This one day seminar models strategies to mediate language and to elicit responses from students with language-based learning disabilities. Without strategies to ensure the success of these students who struggle to process and to formulate language, they are not able to participate fully in classroom activities. Providing a structured approach to increase vocabulary as well as templates to aid written production enable students to better elaborate their ideas. The use of pictures and other visuals evokes oral language, which in turn elicits more specific vocabulary and detailed written language. Additional multisensory activities further enhance students’ ability to access the abstract concepts encountered in social studies. Teaching reading and writing skills using a social studies content ensures productive instructional time spent with both language arts and content skills. 


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Engage in a brainstorming activity to activate prior knowledge about a theme.
  • Complete templates to aid written expression of sentences and paragraphs.
  • Design a template to structure a writing activity adapted to individual situations.
  • Produce one worksheet or more to facilitate vocabulary development of a topic relevant to their curriculum.



We ask that participants bring a textbook/materials that they will use with students for the application portions of the seminar.



This course is appropriate for educators at the elementary and middle school levels.



Course Information

5 Hours/PDPs
Dates/Time Price
July 20, 2020
8:30am - 3:00pm

Teachers Say...

Over 98% of educators felt that their Outreach Summer Institute seminar provided them with strategies and tools that will help their students.

About the Instructor

Bruce Miller

Bruce Miller began at Landmark School in 1985, and currently chairs the elementary•middle school social studies department. In addition to teaching social studies classes, he has taught reading tutorials and language arts classes, served as an academic advisor, and has coached sports teams. Various grants enabled Bruce to develop curriculum and refine language-based teaching techniques for dyslexic students. He regularly presents at regional and national conferences (e.g., IDA, LDA, NCSS) and recently spent two weeks in Germany as part of the Transatlantic Outreach Program. Bruce studied history and German at Syracuse University and earned a master’s degree in special education through Simmons College, where his thesis topic was learning disabilities and Waldorf education. 

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