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Turbo-Charge Your Students’ Sentence Writing: A Stepping Stone to Enriched Text-Based Writing – Summer Institute 2019

This hands-on two-day workshop explores research-based methods for teaching students the art of writing sentences and building them into meaningful texts. On Day 1, participants will learn how to help students develop a sense of what a sentence is (and is not), the major grammatical elements from which they can choose when crafting theme-centered sentences, and how to add flair and complexity, while avoiding run-ons and fragments.  Participants will learn strategies that students can use independently to enhance authentic word choice, as well as sentence expansion and variety. Also, participants will learn how to use sentence combining and artful sentence imitation to enhance depth, clarity, and impact in writing. Simple, manageable ways to assess and then differentiate sentence instruction to support students who struggle and challenge students who excel will be shared. On Day 2, attendees will learn about “micro-discourse” strategies for building cohesion across sentences and use of a Detail Circle strategy for elaborating narrative, as well as expository writing.

The workshop fee includes:

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • describe strategies for aiding thematic vocabulary recall
  • outline sentence expansion and sentence combining strategies
  • model methods for building cohesion in two- and three-sentence text “chunks”
  • describe Detail Circle strategies for scaffolding and elaborating narrative texts
  • outline techniques for enriching and elaborating informational texts.



This course is appropriate for educators working with typically developing children in grades 1-4, or with older students who struggle with learning language skills.



Participants are asked to bring books and articles they will use with their students. There will be an opportunity to do some lesson planning during the course using the materials they plan to use in the classroom.


This course is offered for 1.0 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
1.0 ASHA CEUs (optional)
Dates/Time Price
July 25-26, 2019
8:30am - 3:00pm

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About the Instructor

Charles W. Haynes, PhD

Dr. Charles W. Haynes was a founding teacher in Landmark School’s Expressive Language Program, where he and colleagues developed many of the methods that will be shared in this workshop. He received his Ed.D. from Harvard Graduate School of Education and is now a professor and clinical supervisor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. Dr. Haynes received the International Dyslexia Association’s Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the field of dyslexia and related language learning difficulties. He presents nationally and internationally.



Financial: Mr. Haynes receives a speaking fee, royalties from a Landmark Outreach publication, and may receive compensation for follow-up consultation work relating to his presentation.

Nonfinancial: Mr. Haynes is a former teacher/administrator at Landmark School.

About the Instructor

Leslie Laud, PhD

Dr. Leslie Laud has taught graduate courses at Bank Street College of Education, Columbia University and MGH Institute of Health Professions’ Speech, Language, and Literacy Center. She has taught children both special and general education. She leads workshops and publishes on various literacy topics regularly. She holds an M.A. in special education and a doctorate in curriculum and teaching, both from Teachers College, Columbia University.



Financial: Ms. Laud receives a speaking fee and may receive compensation for follow-up consultation work relating to her presentation.

Nonfinancial: Ms. Laud states no nonfinancial relationships exist.

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