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Liven Up Your Sentence Instruction: Embedded & Enjoyable Grammar Instruction that Works!

Date: October 19, 2018
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
Location: Williamstown, MA

Use research-based methods to teach students the art of writing beautiful sentences and how the grammatical choices they make can impact their readers’ experience. Help students deeply understand what a sentence is (and is not), the major grammatical elements they can choose from when crafting sentences and how to add flair and complexity, while avoiding run ons and fragments. Hear the latest empirical research on how to teach sentence writing in authentic, embedded ways that will feel natural and most uplift overall writing quality. Learn strategies that students can use independently to enhance authentic word choice, as well as sentence expansion, variety and cohesion (within and across sentences). Also 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 in ways that support students who struggle and challenge students who excel will be shared.

Participants will learn:

  • Where to begin with teaching sentence writing in a structured sequence 
  • How to assess students’ writing at the sentence level
  • Ways to scaffold students taking next steps to expand sentences
  • How to ‘pattern in’ more sophisticated sentence variation for students who struggle
  • Techniques for using sentence combining and sentence imitation

“Wonderful, clear and comprehensive presentation of a structured, systematic way to approach the teaching of writing.”

“This workshop was fabulous. The presenter was excellent and the strategy is wonderful!”

"Expertly presented, this course covers evidence-based practices for writing instruction and is backed up with research. You will walk away with everything you need to implement these evidence-based writing practices in regular education and special education."

Important Information:

Classroom Teachers, Literacy Instructors, and Special Educators working with Grade K-4 and students in upper grades who struggle to write sentences.

October 19, 2018 from 8:30am-3:30pm

 $175. $150 each if two or more teachers attend from the same school or school district. Workshop includes: coffee, tea and water upon arrival, mid- morning break and lunch.  (Payment is made to The Reading Institute.)

Handouts Provided

Please bring books and texts to the workshop such as children's picture books, articles students will read, text books etc. These will be used to design curricular-embedded sentence writing instructional lessons.

Orchard Hotel
222 Adams Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
(off Main Street-Route 2) 

7 Professional Development Points

October 4, 2018

Leslie Laud, Ed.D

Cancel 10 days prior to training and receive a refund minus a $50 service charge. No refund for cancellations made within 10 days of the training.

Substitutions may be made. Please notify The Reading Institute with the name of the alternate participant in advance.

Confirmations and directions will be mailed to each participant. You are not registered unless you receive a confirmation letter.

Reservations need to be made directly with the hotels. A lodging list will be sent with your confirmation. Specify you are with The Reading Institute when making reservations. Be sure to make lodging reservations early for best selection.

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Leslie Laud, Ed.D., holds an M.A. in special education and a doctorate in curriculum and teaching, both from Teachers College, Columbia University. While there, Dr. Laud studied data informed instructional decision making models, participated in Lucy Calkins\ advanced Writers Workshop Institutes and received certification as a school administrator, with a focus in the school change process. She has taught courses at Teachers College and Bank Street College. She has also authored a book series on formative assessment, including] Using Formative Assessment to Inform Literacy Instruction^ (Spring, 2012). She publishes regularly in peer reviewed journals on the topic of formative assessment, particularly on how this can inform writing instruction. Her school-based experience includes having worked as a classroom teacher, special educator, principal and staff developer for NYCDOE on structured writing strategies that can support the effectiveness of Writer\s Workshop with students who struggle. Dr. Laud now consults in various districts, supporting teachers, coaches, principals and central administrators. She specializes in supporting districts in strengthening their writing programs. She also presents frequently at national conferences such as Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Learning Forward, International Dyslexia Association and Massachusetts Reading Association.