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From Words to Works: William Van Cleave Writing Workshop

Oakwood School | 7210 Braddock Road | Annandale, VA 22003
Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)


In this hands-on, interactive workshop, William Van Cleave will first guide participants through the research regarding cognitive demands of the writing process. He will then focus on parts of speech and sentence parts as they apply to the act of writing. Participants will learn about the components of a good lesson and strategies for developing sentence sense in student writers. They will examine parts of speech as a method of understanding the way words interact with each other and sentence parts as building blocks for creating different kinds of sentences.

Participants in this workshop will then learn a structured, sequential approach to teaching the basic and expanded paragraph, including idea generation, categorization, and writing topic, supporting, and concluding sentences as well as transitions. They will work with gradual release instruction and teacher modeling of the writing process. At all levels, they will practice with the elements introduced and model the strategies suggested.

Event Schedule:

8:30-9:00 registration

9:00 -12:00 – lecture

12:00-12:30 – lunch

12:30-3:30 – lecture

Speaker Bio: William Van Cleave is in private practice as an educational consultant whose specialties include morphology and written expression. A nationally recognized speaker, he has presented on effective teaching practices at conferences and schools around the country since 1995. His high level of enthusiasm and energy, his interactive style, and his passion for working with teachers make him an effective presenter. Recent projects include providing the professional development component of a school improvement grant in Oklahoma City, participation on the RtII Writing Standards Committee for the State of Pennsylvania, and incorporation of a Trainer of Trainers project with Wichita Unified School District using his sentence structure approach. The author of three books, including Writing Matters and Everything You Want To Know & Exactly Where to Find It, as well as a number of educational tools and activities, William has served as a classroom teacher, tutor, and administrator in the private school arena at various points in his career.

Cost includes lunch and handouts. Early registration required for writing manuals to be shipped. Space is limited.


Workshop Attendance only- IDA Members $70 Non-members $80

Attendance and Manual- IDA Members $130 Non-members $140

-7 CEUs available through ALTA

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