2022 PaTTAN Literacy Symposium

58. Syntax: Somewhere between Words and Text

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Session Dates

Thursday June 16, 2022 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM - Webinar


Emphasis on sentence-level instruction is critical to bridge the word–to-text gap for reading and writing. Readers must derive meaning from individual sentences in order to attain text-level comprehension (Scott, 2009). Writers must compose sentences to convey meaning through the text they produce. Additionally, the sentence is the linguistic environment that determines the meaning of many words making the relationship between syntax and vocabulary important to reading comprehension.

This session explores these relationships, including words with multiple meanings, word meanings altered by morphological markers, word order implications, and word functions. Instruction can capitalize on and foster these connections through a purposeful selection of words, text, and instructional activities. By utilizing effective instructional practices at the sentence level, teachers can facilitate text comprehension and writing based on the text material use in their instructional settings. (k-5)

Target Audience

Elementary Educators, Secondary Educators, Special Education Teachers, Speech Language Practitioners, School Leaders/Administrators, Reading Specialists, Teachers of English Language Learners, Literacy Coaches, Instructional Support Team Members, School Psychologists, Pre-Service Teachers, Higher Education Instructors, Paraprofessionals, and Families

Topics Covered: Literacy

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Kelly Kapp, at 717-901-2271, or kkapp@pattan.net.

Event Info

Event Type:



Nancy Chapel Eberhardt

Event Contact:


Kelly Kapp

Content Contact:

Pam Kastner

Additional Info

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