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Developing Writers: A Workshop for High School Teachers

Usage and Mechanics (#105)

This program focuses on questions of grammar and mechanics: When should students and reviewers of student work pay attention to usage and mechanics? Does teaching grammar in context really work? Grammar experts add to the conversation, analyzing its role in communication and providing ways to bridge the connection between message and mechanics. Judith Ortiz Cofer challenges teachers to use only one sentence form to tell a story.
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Series Description: This series offers practical and philosophical advice for teaching writing, while examining issues every teacher faces, such as high-stakes assessments and dealing with differently abled students. The programs feature teachers who are helping their students grow as skilled and effective writers. Participants will observe how teachers and students work together to create writing communities. Professional writers will share their processes as they move from initial concepts to publication.

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