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Writing Project Workshops Help Teachers Learn Best Practices

September 8, 2004
Saturday Outreach Series Targets K-14 Educators

The UC Merced Writing Project is inviting teachers of kindergarten through community college to participate in a continuing “Saturday Outreach Series” at the Merced Tri-College Center. The first session in the monthly series is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Designed to help teachers implement teaching practices that address the California State Writing Standards and increase the academic success of their students, the workshops share practices to help teachers at any grade level and in any subject area integrate meaningful writing instruction into their curricula.

Workshop topics include The Word Snapshot: A Prewriting Strategy, Great Beginning: A Revision Strategy, Critical Thinking and Reflective Writing, Prewriting Strategies, Questioning Strategies for Research Writing, Giving Writers Choices, Anticipating the Argument in Persuasive Writing, Achieving Voice in Characters by Showing Them, Starting Reading Response Journals, Vocabulary Development: From Response to Revision, Paraphrasing Expository Text, and Crafting Narrative Prose into Narrative Poetry.

Lynn Kahn Parker, associate director of the UC Merced Writing Project, coordinates the program. All presenters are local Teacher Consultants for the UC Merced Writing Project, which believes that teachers are the best teachers of other teachers.

Teachers may attend any or all of the sessions, which are presented from 8 a.m. to noon on a monthly basis through March 2005. The cost is $35 per session, or registrants can pre-pay $200 for all six sessions and save. Units are also available: One unit for three Saturdays or two units for six Saturdays.

Federal funding or other grant funding at individual school sites might be available to cover registration cost. Teachers are advised to contact their school administrator for more information.

For additional information, please contact the UC Merced Writing Project at (209) 381-6559 or email