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Saturday Seminars

High School Students

Fall Series

All three workshops for a discount

For 8-12 Grade Writers

Personal Narrative, Revised – Writing Love and Agency in the High School Classroom: Older youth will collaborate with younger students to explore the question “what is love?”

Verse University: Poetry and prose come together to help with all writing, from personal to academic.

“Laugh and the World Laughs with You” – Engaging Student Writers through the Writing of Humor: Humorous mentor texts help students learn to inject humor into their own writing and their own lives.

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.

September 29th, 2018

Personal Narrative, Revised – Writing Love and Agency in the High School Classroom

For 8-12 Grade Writers

Come listen to the testimonies of older youth, who are co-presenting with award winning author Dr. Bronwyn LaMay. These writers have engaged in a project exploring the question “what is love?” and will share its impact on their lives. Then we will do some exploratory writing on the question “what is love” and consider the myriad implications love narratives hold. Think and talk about how your personal growth informs your relationship with school. Consider why self-narratives matter to academic understandings, and see a deeper meaning to the word “revision.”

Dr. Bronwyn LaMay teaches at Downtown College Prep, San Jose. Her book Personal Narrative, Revised: Writing Love and Agency in the High School Classroom won the 2017 NCTE Russell Award for Distinguished Research.

October 20th, 2018

Verse University

For 8-12 Grade Writers

In this workshop, instructors and students will learn to utilize skills that apply to both poetry and prose. This will help instructors teach writing across multiple genres, especially personal statements and college application essays, and it will allow students to build bridges from personal writing to academic writing.

Raven Sisco, SJAWP Teacher Consultant, teaches English and Advanced Creative Writing at Mt. Pleasant High School in East Side Union High School District.  

November 10th, 2018

“Laugh and the World Laughs with You”: Engaging Student Writers through the Writing of Humor

For 8-12 Grade Writers

Learn how to enjoy the writing and teaching of humorous pieces using a mentor text and mini-lessons on the literary features that enhance humorous writing.  Middle and High School students often read and write very serious pieces throughout the academic year, and I have found that students look forward to an opportunity to both read and write in a humorous context as well.  Models inspire them to do so.

Marie Milner, SJAWP Teacher Consultant, teaches at Andrew P. Hill High School in the East Side Union High School District.   

Location:

Agenda

  • Meet and Greet 9:30–10:00 am

  • Workshops
    10:00 am–12:30 pm

  • Dismissal
    12:30 pm

Registration Fees

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$30.00 per session $75.00 for all 3 sessions

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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.

Here is always singing new songs and expressing new ideas he learned at school.
2017-03-13T11:54:16+00:00
Here is always singing new songs and expressing new ideas he learned at school.
 

 

Every Saturday workshop gives me inspiration and ideas on how to launch writing pieces, engage students in their writing, and more importantly, how I need to change my strategies and teaching techniques to be a positive influence in their writing adventure.

Adam Throm - 4th Year teacher at the elementary level

2018-05-09T07:01:53+00:00

Adam Throm - 4th Year teacher at the elementary level

    Every Saturday workshop gives me inspiration and ideas on how to launch writing pieces, engage students in their writing, and more importantly, how I need to change my strategies and teaching techniques to be a positive influence in their writing adventure.
 

 

I learned more at the SJAWP Summer Open Program that any other institute. The methodologies Marty Brandt covered are going to be extremely helpful in my classroom next year.
2018-05-09T06:59:15+00:00
    I learned more at the SJAWP Summer Open Program that any other institute. The methodologies Marty Brandt covered are going to be extremely helpful in my classroom next year.
 

 

I am grateful for the Saturday Seminar program because it has truly opened my eyes and helped me grow as a person and as a future professional. I can now improve the way students write papers, work with different kinds of students with different needs, learn how to adapt to generational gaps, and facilitate a healthy learning environment.

Rhett Cooksin - Pre-service English teacher

2018-05-09T07:03:11+00:00

Rhett Cooksin - Pre-service English teacher

    I am grateful for the Saturday Seminar program because it has truly opened my eyes and helped me grow as a person and as a future professional. I can now improve the way students write papers, work with different kinds of students with 
 

 

I have loved the workshop model with live students this year. It has been a great reminder of how much students already know and are capable of doing when given the tools, supports, and mentor texts they need to express their own truths. As I wrap up this school year and prepare for the next, I hope to continue building a more student-centered, authentic classroom through implementation of the methods and model text types for teaching reading and writing I have been exposed to through my experiences with the San Jose Area Writing Project.

Ariel Sarver - Veteran high school English teacher

2018-05-09T07:03:57+00:00

Ariel Sarver - Veteran high school English teacher

    I have loved the workshop model with live students this year. It has been a great reminder of how much students already know and are capable of doing when given the tools, supports, and mentor texts they need to express their own truths.