Effective Core Writing Instruction at the Sentence Level for Grades 3-12

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Session Dates

Wednesday November 02, 2016 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM


This hands-on, interactive workshop will help teachers develop the knowledge and skills necessary to improve writing instruction for students at the sentence level. First, participants will examine the Sample Writing Scope & Sequence, with an eye towards understanding how best to use it in their work with students. Then, they will review research concerning handwriting, keyboarding, and spelling to understand their impact on the cognitive demands of the student writer. The bulk of this workshop, however, will center around developing sentence skills in student writers. Participants will understand the role of explicit sentence structure instruction in the development of both writing and comprehension. They will work with both parts of speech and sentence parts to assist with student writing. They will learn strategies for helping students improve and expand their sentence-writing ability. This workshop will allow teachers to develop a deeper understanding of writing skills and the ability to implement the teaching of these skills into the classroom setting.


Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role and importance of a scope & sequence
  • Define the role that transcription skills play on higher level writing skills
  • List the elements of sentences and how they interact to build meaning
  • Describe the value of explicit sentence skills instruction, both for writing and comprehension
  • Identify effective strategies for instructing students in the classroom in sentence construction and deconstruction

Target Audience

General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, ESL Teachers, Reading/Writing Specialists

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individualĀ“s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Topics Covered: Literacy

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


William Van Cleave & Cindy Goldsworthy

Event Contact:


Kelly Kapp


Pam Kastner