November 2, 2013
COMMANDING THE CORE:
Helping Students Become Attentive Readers,
Writers and Thinkers
HVWP's Saturday Seminar Series is designed for elementary and secondary teachers who would like to strengthen literacy instruction in their own classrooms. On November 2nd, presenters will share ways to build students' interpretive and analytical skills so that they can write effectively and persuasively—mastering the skills set forth in the Common Core Learning Standards.
INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS:
PREPARING STUDENTS FOR ACADEMIC ARGUMENT
Joe Bellacero, Associate Director, New York City Writing Project, CUNY Lehman College
Academic argument involves a way of thinking that respects complexity and seeks for ways to weigh evidence and to evaluate opinions. We want to help students see an opinion as a place to start not to end. The standards support us in this goal by requiring "valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence." In this workshop, we will experience activities and strategies that prepare students to navigate the choppy waters of argument and to consider how we might use them in our classes.
Following the opening session are three BREAKOUT WORKSHOPS:
SOWING THE SEEDS OF ARGUMENT:
Sharing Ideas for Introducing Opinion and Argument Writing
Lynn Garthwaite Olsen, Garden Street Elementary School
This session will explore the way we teach argument—as thinking and as writing—based on the Common Core framework. Participants will engage in deep reading strategies and discuss what it means to write arguments, as they examine student work, and reflect on their own developing understandings of how best to teach argument writing. (Grades K-5)
A G.L.A.N.C.E AT SHIFT #3: Leveraging Digital Media to Create a Staircase of Complexity Andrea Tejedor, Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery Central School District
How can the use of digital media create more time, space and support in a curriculum for close reading? Participants will examine how multi-modal "texts" can be used to support reading and provide a scaffold for students as they explore a central, grade-appropriate text. We'll also consider how the use of digital media impacts the reading process for students. (Grades 3-12)
TELLING THE FAMILY STORY
Alison Koffler-Wise and Susannah Thompson, New York City Writing Project
Beginning with photographs and storytelling, we'll draft our own work of literary nonfiction based on a family story. Along the way, we'll explore concepts of theme and the power of narrative, and draw connections to the Common Core writing standards. We will also examine connections between our own experiences as writers and teaching writing in the classroom. (Grades 6-12)
THIS PROGRAM WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE SUNY NEW PALTZ CAMPUS, OLD MAIN BUILDING, ROOM 234.
SIGN-IN REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 8:30 am. PROGRAM STARTS AT 9:00 am AND ENDS AT 12:00 pm
THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS SEMINAR AND NO PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
TEACHERS WISHING TO DOCUMENT INSERVICE HOURS MAY REGISTER ON MyLearningPlan at the MID-HUDSON TEACHER CENTER WEBSITE.