Syntax Matters: A Deep Exploration of Sentence-Level Reading and Writing


Session Dates

Tuesday February 23, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Webinar
Tuesday March 02, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Webinar
Tuesday March 09, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Webinar
Tuesday March 16, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Webinar
Tuesday March 23, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Webinar

The Syntax Intensive course asks participants to explore sentences for both reading and writing. The hands-on, interactive style facilitates a rich discussion about syntax – both why it matters and how best to teach it. Participants begin with a definition of syntax and how it differs from grammar. They explore powerful sentence frames for younger students. Then, they consider the function of words in sentences and how that impacts student comprehension at the sentence level. They explore sentence-building activities, including expanding, combining, and creating sentences. They learn about clauses as the building blocks of all sentences, considering their role in writing and comprehending. They study sentence types and apply that knowledge to an examination of the components of a sentence-level lesson. Participants interact and practice with all introduced concepts and leave with strategies they can implement with their students after each session.


Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the role of syntax in student writing
  • Create sentence frames for young and struggling writers.
  • Create sentence development lessons and activities using learned strategies
  • Explain the relationship between sentence-level writing and sentence-level comprehending
  • List strategies to expand student sentence repertoire

Target Audience

Building Principal, General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, School Psychologist, Reading/Writing Specialist, IU TaC, Parents

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

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


William Van Cleave

Event Contact:


Kelly Kapp


Pam Kastner

Additional Info

Due to the interactive nature of this training, the number of registrants is limited to 40, therefore priority for registrants in this training will be given to Pennsylvania certificated teachers.