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The Next Generation ELA Standards open many doors to encourage students to become lifelong readers. As educators, we know the importance of choice in reading material to get students actively engaged. This workshop will demonstrate a new kind of discussion-based reading assessment, one that draws from Socratic Seminar, Literature Circles, and Book Clubs. Students choose to read a book from a list of quality contemporary and classic literature and then participate in a structured conversation leading to an understanding of universal themes. The unique feature of the Books of Choice Circles is that the students have all read different books. Also included will be poetry, editorials, and informational articles. Grade Level Band: 6-12 Eligible for 6 hours CTLE credit. Can use 1 Consortium seat. If district pays, district approval must be confirmed prior to start of session.
Yes, spelling does count. Proper spelling conveys the "look of literacy" while poor spelling diminishes the writer's credibility and causes the reader to pay attention to mistakes rather than meaning. Many teachers in the intermediate and secondary grades don't know how to incorporate and individualize effective spelling lessons. Come and learn a variety of ways to use mini-lessons, etymology, games and puzzles, metacognition, classroom visuals, mnemonic devices, word sorts, morphology charting, air writing, and-yes, spelling rules to make students more confident and competent writers and readers. Eligible for 6 hours CTLE credit. Can use 1 Consortium seat. If district pays, district approval must be confirmed prior to start of session.
This workshop will demonstrate best practices to address the needs of English Language Learners in the general classroom. Topics will include:
• the basics of second language acquisition,
• the relationship between English and Spanish,
• what to expect as Spanish speakers transition into English,
• how rhythm and physical movement can help to learn a new language, and
• how knowing Latin word roots will help Spanish speakers as well as native English speakers to learn academic vocabulary. Eligible for 6 hours CTLE credit. Can use 1 Consortium seat. If district pays, district approval must be confirmed prior to start of session.
This workshop will demonstrate engaging and memorable ways to teach the parts of speech, and how students and teachers can use their knowledge of parts of speech to improve vocabulary and writing skills. Amy Benjamin is the author of several books on teaching grammar, including Infusing Grammar into the Writer's Workshop. Grades 4-12 Eligible for 6 hours CTLE credit. Can use 1 Consortium seat. If district pays, district approval must be confirmed prior to start of session.
This workshop will provide strategies for the reading comprehension part of the exam. Teachers will learn how to create Standards-based questions for literature, help students manage their time, and apply metacognitive skills. Target audience: English and special education teachers, grades 9-12. (This workshop, because it draws from the ELA Reading Standards, is also relevant to grades 6-8). Eligible for 6 hours CTLE credit. Can use 1 Consortium seat. If district pays, district approval must be confirmed prior to start of session.