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Seminar Information

The seminars below are available in

states outside of the state of Texas

Narrative Inservice (PK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) The Narrative Day is correlated to the Common Core Standards  and is dedicated to brain-based strategies and activities which include 3-D paper folding activities that teach students how to write interesting compositions.  Teachers participate in tactile-kinesthetic activities that teach students organization, engaging introductions, progression, transitions, the development of ideas, including voice, and memorable conclusions. The vertical alignment of The Writing Academy process is experienced during this inservice.  Participants will love the writing activities that lead to a foundation for great writing.  Teachers will be provided with strategies that are grade level appropriate.  They will return to their classrooms with confidence as well as a new sense of purpose in their own role in teaching successful writing.   When teaching is fun, engaging and interesting, it is effective for the students!  This is a teacher-friendly inservice!  By the end of this inservice, it will be transparent that the key to getting students to write like authors is teaching them to think like authors!  Expository & Argument Inservice (PK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) The Expository and Argument Day is built upon the Common Core Standards.  Teachers will experience hands-on activities and games that will help them teach their students how to begin their argument and expository papers with a clear thesis statement, present logically ordered reasons, and provide an effective conclusion statement.  Teachers will experience the “How and Why Café” which teaches students to advance their argument and expository essays by using developmental strategies that support the reasons they use in their papers.  Participants will experience the difference between teaching how to write an “explain” paper that has steps, and one that does not.  Teachers will learn effective methods to teach Expository, which includes:   Informative, Procedural, Masked, Classificatory, and Compare/Contrast.  They will also receive strategies for teaching Argument writing. Teachers will participate in and be able to take back to their classrooms brain-based games that make Expository and Argument writing engaging.  The day will be rounded out by ideas on teacher- student conferences and motivational research brochures.  Teachers will leave the inservice confident they know how to teach all of the types of writing.  They will walk away with activity sheets, graphic organizers, and a manipulative that will make this necessary form of writing come alive in their classrooms.  Teachers will receive prompts for each type of Expository.  Teachers will experience brain-based games and activities that will make teaching and learning how to write effective Expository and Argument Essays fun!   Narrative 15 Points of Distinction Inservice, Follow-Up (1-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) (Participants must have had our Narrative Inservice) We all recognize that there is a difference between good and great.  The question is, “What makes a composition great?”  After studying hundreds of papers, Randi Whitney discovered that there are 15 attributes that occur in great papers that do NOT appear in good papers.  This six-hour inservice takes the participants through activities for each of the  Narrative 15 Points of Distinction.  The activities are oral, visual, and tactile-kinesthetic and are based on the student’s age, grade, and readiness.
 Expository 15 Points of Distinction Inservice, Follow-Up (1-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) (Participants must have had our Expository Inservice)  Again, we all recognize that there is a difference between good and great writing.  Teachers experience concepts and activities that will show their students how to write great expository papers.  This six-hour inservice takes the participants through activities for each of the  Expository 15 Points of Distinction.  The activities are oral, visual, and tactile-kinesthetic and are based on the student’s age, grade, and readiness.   Expository 15 Points of Distinction Inservice, “Half and Half” (1-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) (Participants must have had our Expository & Narrative Inservices) This is 3 hours of the 15 Points of Distinction for Narrative papers in the morning and 3 hours of the 15 Points of Distinction for Expository in the afternoon of one inservice day.   Writing Across the Curriculum (PK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)  Teachers of Science, Social Studies, and Math will see how they can encourage writing within their subject areas.   They will learn instructional strategies, learning activities, and learning games that will use the same vocabulary that the writing teachers use.  Not only will your school be vertically aligned, K – 12 using The Writing Academy in all classrooms, it will be horizontally aligned across the curriculum.  The biggest plus: students will learn and write better in classes “across the curriculum” and in all walks of life!   “Decisions” Inservice (3-5, 6-8) After a year of research, we have created a seminar that will tackle grammar!  Sentence structure, commas, spelling, sequencing, best choice, verb tense, grammar, and so much more will be discussed in our creative tactile-kinesthetic fashion!  Classrooms will never be the same after this inservice!  Revising and editing should be fun, creative, and tactile-kinesthetic.  In other words, revising and editing should be taught in a brain compatible way.  This inservice will spice up the way you teach!    Each six hour inservice is $1950, plus travel.    For more information pertaining to us coming to you, feel free to email (cheryl@twa.net) or call Cheryl Fowler, Executive Director of The Writing Academy, on her direct line:  281-470-1111.  Cheryl schedules all of our inservices at schools and districts