Saturday Seminars

High School Students

Spring Series

Take the 9-12th Series

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All three workshops for a discount

For 9-12 Grade Writers

The spring 9-12 seminars will be led by Marty Brandt, whose forthcoming book on sentence-level instruction will be published by Heinemann in the fall. Marty’s sessions will focus on his “Three Pillars of Writing Instruction”: Sentence Focus, Sentence Development, and Coherence.

Come for one, or come for all three; whatever the case, you will leave with a greater understanding of the role the sentence plays in writing development.

Martin Brandt is a Teacher Consultant with SJAWP and teaches at Independence High School, East Side Union HSD.

While each workshop can stand alone, students and teachers can draw much more meaning from each seminar if they have other seminars to build on. Furthermore, registering for the entire series saves you money and time.

February 9, 2019

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Take the 9-12th February 9 Seminar

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The First Pillar of Writing Instruction: Sentence Focus

For 9-12 Grade Writers

Have you ever read (or written) one of those sentences that’s so bad you don’t know where to begin, a sentence that makes you consider another line of work because you have no idea how to respond except to write “awk” in the margin? It turns out there is a starting point, and a crucial one at that. Marty will share ideas and strategies to help writers understand sentence focus and offer steps writers can take to help get the “awk” out of your response.

 

Martin Brandt is a Teacher Consultant with SJAWP and teaches at Independence High School, East Side Union HSD.

March 2, 2019

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Take the 9-12th March 2 Seminar

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The Second Pillar of Writing Instruction: Sentence Development

For 9-12 Grade Writers

There’s a lot of talk these days about promoting a growth mindset in the classroom, but what does this mean for teachers and students of writing? In this workshop, Marty will discuss sentence development—showing students how to go beyond their self-imposed sentence boundaries—as an ideal way to promote growth for student writers and their teachers. 

Martin Brandt is a Teacher Consultant with SJAWP and teaches at Independence High School, East Side Union HSD.

April 6, 2019

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Take the 9-12th April 6 Seminar

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The Third Pillar of Writing Instruction: Coherence

For 9-12 Grade Writers

Most teachers are prepared to define coherence—the way sentences work together—only by complaining about its absence. In this workshop, Marty will discuss the true nature of coherence in writing and provide a classroom model that students can use to write both freely and coherently, so that they can begin to use their writing as a tool for the discovery of ideas they didn’t know they had.

Martin Brandt is a Teacher Consultant with SJAWP and teaches at Independence High School, East Side Union HSD.

Location:

Agenda

  • 9:30–10:00 am – Registration in Sweeney Hall Courtyard
  • 10:00–10:30 am – Writing games and warm-ups for the session
  • 10:30 am–12:30 pm – Participate in the Saturday Seminar
  • 12:30– Student dismissal

Registration Fees

Online

Register online and save!
$30.00 per session $75.00 for all 3 sessions
(Students with free & reduced lunch -- no charge. Email sanjosewritingproject@sjsu.edu for promo code)

Walk In

Walk-in registration, to be paid by cash or check only (no credit cards accepted)
$35.00 per session $75.00 for all 3 sessions.