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Saturday Seminars

Middle School Teachers

Fall Series

All 3 Workshops

For 6-7 grade teachers

Secrets to Award Winning Middle School Stories from a Contest Insider: Learn how to write narratives with broad appeal by reading award winning stories and breaking down what makes them great.

Meaningful Dialogue and its Role in Effective Writing: Engage in meaningful dialogue as we explore and discuss mentor texts to elevate our narrative writing.

Hey, you! Let’s talk! – Engaging Dialogue and Narrative Writing: Dialogue is one of the most important aspects to any story! Write better dialogue by studying mentor texts, doing improv, and (of course) writing dialogue.

If you plan to attend all three workshops, sign up for the full series here!

September 29th, 2018

Secrets to Award Winning Middle School Stories from a Contest Insider

For 6-7 Grade Teachers

Your middle school students love writing stories, but how can we teachers help them up their narrative game?  One approach we’ll take is to look at the handful of winning stories selected from two local middle school writing contests: the Stanford Anthology for Youth and the $1000 for 1000 words contest. What traits do these “mentor texts” – written by 10- to 14-year-olds – share that make them stand apart?  And how can we connect our conclusions with the narrative and character work of Lucy Calkins and her Units of Study?

Jay Richards, SJAWP Teacher Consultant, teaches 8th grade at Central Middle School in San Carlos School District.. Jay is also the Editorial Committee Chairman in charge of judging for the local $1000 for 1000 Words fiction contest for grades 6-12 (www.bluefire.org).

October 20th, 2018

Meaningful Dialogue and its Role in Effective Writing

For 6-7 Grade Teachers

In this workshop, we will engage in meaningful dialogue as we explore and discuss mentor texts, a way to elevate our own narrative writing.

Jacqueline Goodwin, SJAWP Teacher Consultant, teaches middle school at Renaissance Academy at Fischer in the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District

November 10th, 2018

Hey, you! Let’s talk! - Engaging Dialogue and Narrative Writing

For 6-7 Grade Teachers

The key to creating believable characters and engaging storytelling is great dialogue.  

In this workshop students and teachers will engage with mentor texts, participate in improv sketches, and craft  dialogue to move stories forward and draw the reader into the story.

Brandy Jenson, SJAWP Teacher Consultant, teaches middle school at Crittenden Middle School in Mountain View Whisman School District.

Agenda

  • Meet and Greet 9:30–10:00 am

  • Workshops
    10:00 am–12:30 pm

  • Dismissal
    12:30 pm

Registration Fees

Online

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$20.00 per session $55.00 for all 3 sessions

Walk In

Walk-in registration, to be paid by cash or check only (no credit cards accepted)
$25.00 per session $65.00 for all 3 sessions.

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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.
 

 

As I head towards graduation and begin the process of deciding what path to take towards teacher certification, these Saturday Seminars have been invaluable in allowing me to learn from experienced teachers in a collaborative environment where they discuss the challenges and successes they experience daily in a classroom.

Mackenzie Rodriguez - SJSU Credential Candidate

2018-05-09T07:00:34+00:00

Mackenzie Rodriguez - SJSU Credential Candidate

    As I head towards graduation and begin the process of deciding what path to take towards teacher certification, these Saturday Seminars have been invaluable in allowing me to learn from experienced teachers in a collaborative environment where they discuss the challenges and successes 
 

 

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. 
 

 

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 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