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Houston - ¡Andale ya! Spanish Grammar and Composition with Trail of Breadcrumbs

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM (CDT)

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¡Andale ya! Spanish Grammar and Composition

with Trail of Breadcrumbs

Getting Kids Ready for the Fourth grade STAAR in Spanish

August 1, 2018 in Houston, TX

8:30am - 2:30pm


This workshop will be split between grammar, writing and reading, using materials Gretchen has adapted from STAAR released tests and live student STAAR essays. Specific high-yield strategies covered include:


Nailing fragments and run-ons, using the sentence wringer

Wiping out usage problems ( like its/it’s and there/their/they’re) once and for all

Showing your students how to use their parts-of-speech knowledge

Keeping track of your grammar-teaching-in-context


Kernelizing passages for multiple choice ease

Recognizing and using pitchforking in questions

Extracting text structures from passages


Generating quick lists and kernel essays 

Choosing from five text structures for expository or persuasive essays

Using icons for developing details



Participants will receive a copy of "Grammar Keepers."


Who is it for? 

Anyone involved in preparing 4th grade Spanish-speaking students for STAAR writing tests


8:00 Registration and coffee
8:30   Quick list to generate topics for expository/persuasive
9:15   Kernel essay #1: five-paragraph essay minus one
9:35   Kernelizing high-scoring essays
9:45   Dialogics in grammar:  your and you’re
10:00 Break
10:15 Kernel essay #2:  evolution of a term
10:40 Additional structures
11:00 Kernelizing reading passages
11:30 Lunch assignment
12:30  11-minute essay
12:50  Specificity in essays using HANNAHs
1:00   Paragraph overhaul
1:45   Deconstructing multiple choice questions in reading and writing
2:00   Putting it all together with icons
2:15  Wrap-up and evaluations


Is this the same as Gretchen's previous workshops?

Participants will receive new links to STAAR materials adapted by Gretchen, using the STAAR 2015 released tests from grades 4 and 7, EOC I and EOC II. The basic strategies are the same.


What people are saying:

 For years I’ve searched for someone who knows how to teach grammar in context. ‘Who knows how to teach grammar in context?!’ Gretchen Bernabei does!  Our own home-grown teacher, colleague & author.
     Christina Ramirez-Romo, Edgewood


I love her application of grammar into authentic, real and genuine writing. This is the one piece that has been missing for me in teaching!
     Christine Hopkins, Cypress-Fairbanks



It’s not often you go to a workshop and come away with so many ideas and tricks to immediately use in the classroom.  Thank you! 

     Lindsey Green, Decatur



Thank you for sharing your profoundly simple and workable ideas.  I’m looking forward to making quick lists, writing kernel paragraphs, and ba-da-binging some sentences with my ELL students.

     Felicia Maden, Marshall


This workshop is awesome!  Great explanations and answers to all the questions that were floating through my head on how to teach expository essays!

     Tayler Griffin, Lubbock



I love that Gretchen is a Texas teacher.  She knows Texas’ expectations and Texas students.  These are lessons I will be able to implement with my 4th graders tomorrow!

     Megan Baker, Montgomery


Thank you!  I am ready to teach my kids how to pass the writing on STAAR, plus some great writing strategies they can carry with them for life.

     Nancy McClain, Cleveland


By demystifying writing structures and test expectations with kernel essays, Gretchen helps us see with clarity the simplicity and effectiveness of classroom writing.

     Arcelia Leon, Aldine



As a first-year writing teacher for 4th grade,  I plan to use many of these strategies in my classroom immediately.

     Olivia Young, Aledo



Wow! My students’ writing has drastically improved in just a matter of days! These strategies were EXACTLY what my students needed to tie everything together. EVERY student has been successful with EVERY strategy they have tried. They are thinking on a higher level, writing at a higher level, and in turn, succeeding at a higher level.

     Kayla Shook, San Marcos


My STAAR scores are 90%! I couldn’t have done it without you.

     Shelley Fisette, Hemphill


Our students are already learning how to use these strategies. I am amazed at how much their writing has improved in just TWO weeks! It is truly incredible.

     Shera Rasmussen, Wichita Falls


Gretchen is the winner of NCTE's James Moffett Award

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Norris Conference Centers - Houston/CityCentre
816 Town and Country Boulevard
Suite #210
Houston, TX 77024

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM (CDT)

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Gretchen Bernabei taught for 32 years in Texas public schools.

Gretchen has shared her experience with other teachers through seminars, journal articles and books, offering field-tested techniques for teaching writing. Her publications include The Good Writer’s Kit for Hampton-Brown/National Geographic; Why We Must Run with Scissors (with Barry Lane) and Reviving the Essay: Teaching Structure without Formula. She is also the author of Lightning in a Bottle, a program featuring photographs on CD-ROM used to prompt and guide student writing. She contributed the chapter, “The School Essay: Tracking Movement of the Mind” in Teaching the Neglected “R”:Rethinking Writing Instruction in Secondary Classrooms. She has published two anthologies of high-scoring student TAKS essays entitled Sparklers: High Scoring Test Essays and What They Teach Us and More Sparklers. Other titles include Crunchtime, The Story of My Thinking, both from Heinemann.  Her titles from Corwin Literacy include Fun-Size Academic Writing, Grammar Keepers, and most recently, Text Structures from the Masters.

Currently, Gretchen and her Trail of Breadcrumbs consultants conduct staff development events around the country.  She lives in San Antonio.

Learn more about Gretchen on her website:


Trail of Breadcrumbs, LLC
1111 Mt Rainier
San Antonio, TX  78213
Phone:  (323) 839-0604


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