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Hudson Valley Writing Project

Saturday Seminars

Reading, Writing, and Thinking in All Content Areas 

Saturday, September 29, 2018  |  8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
SUNY New Paltz, Old Main Building, Room B125 (The 1907 Room) 

Join HVWP for our first Saturday Seminar of the new school year! 



8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.  |  Sign-In Registration and Welcome 

9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  |  Session One: 

WRITING TO LEARN SCIENCE: Playwriting with Scientific Facts 
Danielle Croce, Leptondale Elementary School 
Join us as we use scientific texts to inspire our own dramatic writing, then examine student work to consider the relationship between creative writing and learning scientific concepts. (Grades 2-12) 

BEYOND THE FIVE-PARAGRAPH ESSAY: Literary Analysis in Authentic Writing 
Rebecca Ebstein, Horace Greeley High School 
We will apply literary analysis in our writing to study the connections between what we read and what we create. Then we’ll look at what happened when students engaged in a similar process with Elie Wiesel's Night. (Grades 5-12) 

Jeanne Rose, Cornwall High School 
We will use the "Big Paper" teaching strategy to explore how conversation can encourage students to read and think critically about opposing viewpoints and help strengthen their argument writing—in this case about gun safety. (Grades 7-12) 

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  |  Session Two: 

DEBATE INTO WRITING: A Prewriting Strategy for Forming Opinions 
Alyson Haas, Plattekill Elementary School 
In this workshop, we will practice debate to prepare for argument writing and consider how verbal brainstorming engages young writers in the development of new ideas and points of view. (Grades 3-12) 

DEEP WRITING IN DEEP TIME: Using Persuasive Writing in Science Class 
Kevin Dumont, South Middle School, Newburgh 
In this workshop, we will explore how students can develop new skills and deeper understandings of scientific concepts through creative, persuasive writing about the earth’s history. (Grades 3-12) 

BEYOND THE DOCUMENTS: Structuring Analytical Thinking in Document Analysis 
Christina Saylor, Highland High School 
Participants will be introduced to and experiment with a teaching strategy for reading and analyzing historical documents, then study student writing to see how the protocol impacts the way teens think about history. (Grades 7-12) 


HVWP is a NYSED-approved sponsor of CTLE. Certificates documenting 3 inservice hours will be available at the event. 

Please email us at hvwp@newpaltz.edu or call (845) 257-2811.