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GVWP Book Study: A Place for Wonder – Reading & Writing Nonfiction (Grades K-3)

Great Valley Writing Project

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM - Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6:30 PM (PDT)

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GVWP Book Study for Teachers, Grades K-3:
A Place for Wonder – Reading & Writing Nonfiction

In this 15-hour course, teachers will read A Place for Wonder: Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades by Georgia Heard and Jennifer McDonough. This practical resource shows that nonfiction can be every bit as exciting and wondrous as fiction for young readers, as long as the seeds of curiosity are planted.

Participants will meet six times over a three-month period. At each session, participants will pose questions, share experiences, and develop new insights with colleagues. Together, teachers will discover better ways to address CCSS standards and help their young students become successful readers and writers of nonfiction.

ADDRESSING THE DEMANDS OF THE COMMON CORE:

The Common Core standards suggest that students in primary grades should comprehend informational texts and write informative/explanatory texts with steadily increasing proficiency. Students are expected to build knowledge by conducting research projects, taking notes, sorting evidence, and organizing ideas, and to produce writing that conveys ideas and information clearly. These goals are achievable, but how can teachers help struggling young writers get there?

In A Place for Wonder, Heard and McDonough build a bridge to transport children into the world of nonfiction reading and writing. Through “wonder centers,” guided sensory observations, firsthand collection of data, and cleverly-structured research projects, the authors provide teachers with numerous, practical ways to create a classroom environment where students’ questions, observations, and writings are part of daily work. The text also features a step-by-step guide to planning a nonfiction reading and writing unit of study, which includes a variety of nonfiction craft lessons. A Place for Wonder will help teachers create classrooms where active, engaged learning provides fertile ground to develop intelligent, inquiring minds. (Click to preview this text.)

MEETING DATES, TIMES, AND LOCATION:

  Teachers meet from 4:00-6:30 pm on six Tuesdays fron September through December:
  Six sessions: Dates TBA in August.
  Meetings will be held in Manteca/Lathrop; the exact location will be announced in August.

FREE ENROLLMENT for local teachers!

Registration Fee: $50 – Full refund for teachers in south SJ & north Stanislaus counties!
Click to learn about our registration refund policies.

Materials Fee: A $25 materials fee of will be collected at the opening session of the class. (When you register online, you will be asked if you already own the course text. If you own the text, your materials fee is just $10.00.)

One unit of extended education credit is available for purchase from CSU Stanislaus.

For assistance or information about other GVWP events, contact:

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

(209) 667-3490 • www.csustan.edu/gvwp

Have questions about GVWP Book Study: A Place for Wonder – Reading & Writing Nonfiction (Grades K-3)? Contact Great Valley Writing Project
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM - Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6:30 PM (PDT)


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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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