2 Day Seminars
Writing research indicates that students who understand how sentences and paragraphs are structured are able use this knowledge as they learn to write. Students with language-based learning disabilities do not implicitly form patterns about language structure, nor do they automatically map their knowledge of oral language into its written forms. This seminar examines ways to introduce and strengthen writing skills at the word, sentence, micro-discourse, single, and multi-paragraph levels. Particular attention is placed on a theme-centered developmental curriculum to develop the sentence skills which provide the basis for paragraph level written expression. In addition, techniques to activate students’ background knowledge and facilitate brainstorming key vocabulary and concepts will be covered.
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
This course is appropriate for educators at the upper elementary to lower middle school levels.
A copy of the text From Talking to Writing: Strategies for Supporting Narrative and Expository Writing, by Terrill M. Jennings & Charles W. Haynes (2018) will be included in the cost of tuition. Books will be available for pickup on the first day of the course.
GRADUATE CREDIT OPTION
Participants wishing to receive 1 graduate credit for this course must bring payment of $200 on the first day of the seminar. Payment must be made via credit card or check made out to Fitchburg State University. Cash or Purchase Order will not be accepted for this payment.
|July 16-17, 2018
8:30am - 3:00pm
Registration is unavailable at this time.
“I can honestly say that I did not want the class to end. It opened my eyes to so many procedures I can use with my class. I get so much out of the Landmark experience that I look forward to taking courses every year.”
Terrill Jennings, a founding teacher of Landmark School, has taught students with dyslexia for more than 40 years. She has chaired and co-chaired the Language Arts department at Landmark’s Elementary•Middle School, and she also co-founded Landmark’s Expressive Language Program. Her particular instructional focus is developing techniques and strategies for teaching written expression. Terrill received her master’s in reading from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In her retirement, Terrill is the reading coordinator for volunteer tutors at Esperanza Academy, an inner city school for Latina girls. She also is a consultant for the Dyslexia Reading Center in Dubai, UAE. In December 2016, the Massachusetts Branch of the International Dyslexia Association presented Terrill with the Alice H. Garfield Award for outstanding commitment and service to children who struggle with reading.