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Fall EL Symposium

Great Valley Writing Project

Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM (PDT)

Fall EL Symposium

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Student Teacher or Intern Ended Free $0.00

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Dates and Times:

Saturday September 28, 2013 from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm


California State University, Stanislaus

Demergrasso- Bava Hall

1 University Circle, Turlock

Unit:  Credit hours from the symposium may be applied to the future purchase of a unit from CSU Stanislaus Extended Education by attending at least four of the Writing Matters Super Saturday Seminars.

Registration and payment information:

$40 registration fee

FREE for student teachers and interns.


Program Highlights

Building Academic Vocabulary

Jill Lange, Hawkins Elementary, Tracy, Second Grade.

Explore the idea of vocabulary building to support and promote writing in your classroom. Participants will actively engage in a variety of activities that help learners own their vocabulary. Experience inexpensive ways to publish students’ writing that the whole class has access to in the classroom. EL samples will be shared.


Creative Ways to Make Content Comprehensible in Science and Social Studies

Karol Eisenbeis, Hidahl Elementary, Ceres, First Grade

Nurturing growing writers means getting their stories on paper - not an easy task when students' literacy skills are emerging and they are grappling with the English language. Walk away with an interactive approach that supports students talking and writing about small moments as they gain an insider's understanding of inference, synthesis, prediction, and interpretation.

Creative Ways to Make Content Comprehensible in Science and Social Studies

Deanie Coleman and Shannon Roberson Linden USD

Participants will learn strategies to increase comprehension in the content areas. ABC books, anchor charts, and projects that use reading and writing strategies will be modeled. Samples will be shared for K-8th grades.

Scaffolding a Thematic Unit: Collaborative Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

Maria Mondragon and Javier Villanueva, Glick Middle School, Empire.

Participants will explore the theme of heroes by reading and writing a variety of texts. Experience how oral language activities and visual and performing arts help young writers flesh out ideas to form arguments. Student artifacts and video from the GVWP Migrant Education Writing Academy will be shared.

Transition into Common Core using Write to Learn Strategies

Beth King, Glick Middle School. Empire. 8th grade Math, Algebra

Participants will use collaboration and close reading strategies to help their students think critically and go deeper into the content.  Using close reading activities, strategic writing practices and the analysis of student samples, participants will work together to create methods for implementing Common Core and its challenges.

Transitioning into Common Core: Science and Expository Literacy

Amber Baranowski, Mitchell Senior, Atwater, Science

Are you overwhelmed with the idea of your EL students being able to read and write in science or other content area classroom? This workshop will explore strategies that scaffold close reading activities, strategic writing practices and the analysis of student samples. We will work together to face the Common Core and its challenges.

Differentiating Instruction with the Writer’s Notebook--

Jenna Valponi, Ripon Unified School District, Ripon. English.

The writer’s notebook provides student writers choice of topic and the opportunity to explore genre. See how utilizing the writer’s notebook provides differentiated instruction and taps students’ interests, while allowing them to work at their own level. The writer's notebook is an essential springboard for early drafts that will later be revised into published pieces. Most importantly, the writer's notebook can completely change the environment of the classroom and create a community of writers who write, share, and learn from one another.

Supporting ELL Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking in History

Debra Schneider, Tracy Unified School District, Tracy.

Participants will practice close reading and writing in history. Experience techniques implemented by an experienced high school history teacher to help ELLs read primary source documents and write historical interpretations of those documents. Examples of student work will be shared. 

Have questions about Fall EL Symposium? Contact Great Valley Writing Project

When & Where

California State University, Stanislaus
1 University Cir
Turlock, CA 95382

Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM (PDT)

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Great Valley Writing Project

“Writing today is not a frill for the few, but an essential skill for the many.”
–National Commission on Writing in America’s Schools and Colleges


Great Valley Writing Project
CSU Stanislaus
One University Circle, DBH318
Turlock, CA 95382

Email: gvwp@csustan.edu
Telephone: (209) 667-3490

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