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      October 15, 2019

      Tuesday   8:00 AM

      700 Convention Center Blvd
      McAllen, Texas 78501

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      STAAR Writing and Grammar Workshop in McAllen

      Teaching Writing and Grammar Through the Year and for STAAR with Gretchen Bernabei October 15-16, 2019 in McAllen 8:00 am - 2:30 pm This workshop will model layered instruction, weaving between grammar, writing, and reading, using materials Gretchen has adapted from STAAR released tests and student STAAR essays. Participants will receive Grammar Keepers and Text Structures from Fairy Tales as well as a preview of Gretchen’s forthcoming book, Text Structures from Poetry. Specific high-yield strategies covered include: Grammar Nailing fragments and run-ons, using the sentence wringer Wiping out usage problems (like its/it’s and there/their/they’re) once and for all Showing your students how to use their parts-of-speech knowledge Keeping track of your grammar-teaching-in-context Writing Generating quicklists and kernel essays Choosing from five text structures for expository or persuasive essays Using icons for developing details Reading Kernelizing passages for comprehension and multiple choice ease Recognizing and using pitchforking in questions Extracting text structures from passages Who should attend?  Anyone teaching writing (pre-K through 12) Anyone who lays the instructional foundation (grades 4-11) for STAAR writing and reading tests Agenda Day One: Building the Moves — Focus on Instruction and Development of Skills 8:00   Registration and continental breakfast 8:30   One moment/10 uses for journals 9:15   Pedagogy of grammar dialogues; star point: they’re/their/there; tracking chart 10:00 Break 10:10 Kernel essay: Cinderella 11:00 Capturing and using craft 11:30 Lunch on your own 12:30 Color-it-up 12:45 Sparkling sentences 1:00   Sentence wringer and paragraph overhaul 1:40   Using ba-da-bings 2:00   Kernel essay: Moment of Disappointment 2:20   Implementation: quantity counts Day Two: Showing the Moves — Focus on Assessment 8:00   Star point: apostrophes 8:30   Quicklists and kernel essays for STAAR 9:15   STAAR structures and scoring; student papers from recent years 10:00 Break 10:10 11-minute essay 11:00 Pitchforking; specificity in language 11:30 Lunch on your own 12:30 Sparkling sentences 12:45 Reading stems 1:00   Using remediation packets 1:40   Dead giveaways on STAAR 2:00   Truism Braid 2:20   Implementation: empowering by acknowledgment Is this the same as Gretchen's previous workshops? Participants will receive new books and new links to STAAR materials adapted by Gretchen, using the STAAR released tests from recent years, grades 4 and 7, EOC I, and EOC II. The basic strategies are the same. Need help with registration?   Contact Stacy at (817) 229-0764. Or email her at What people are saying: “I highly recommend. I gained so many tips, tools, and resources that I cannot wait to use. There were hundreds of “ah-ha” moments.” ~Nicole Link LeBlanc “Best training I have ever attended!” ~Megan Stewart, grade 4 teacher “These ideas, lessons and messages WORK! You have turned us into expert writing teachers. I feel refreshed and have learned so much!” ~Kelsey Barbour, grade 4 teacher “The year I implemented the Grammar Keepers strategies, my 7th grade STAAR revising and editing scores went up 20%.” ~Rebekah Jacobson, grade 7 teacher “Engaging, stimulating and magical days of knowledge that I can immediately take back to my classroom and implement with my students. These are lessons that will challenge and enrich every reader and writer.” ~Marie Cleary, grade 7 teacher “Thank you so much! What I’ve learned is going to help my struggling EOC kids so much!” ~Aidan Apperley, high school teacher “Using your strategies, the confidence level of my babies went through the roof!” ~Genevieve Tellez, high school teacher

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