AIM's webinar mini-series for teachers of writing features AIM facilitators and researcher Dr. Charles Haynes. Each session enhances participants' ability to provide instruction that remedies common intra-paragraph issues seen within students' writing. The sessions include handouts and interactive activities.
Access recordings of this two-part Writing Webinar Mini-Series
Theme-Centered Sentence Development
To write any composition, writers engage in many processes. However, “of all the tools a writer stocks his or her toolkit with, one of the most basic, yet most critical, is the ability to construct sentences” (Sadler, 2019). Since this is the foundation on which all composition skills are built, sentence level instruction and practice can not be dismissed. This session spotlights sentence composition activities that can be applied to the classroom through a theme-centered approach.
"Micro-Discourse" Revision: Cohesion and Detail Elaboration
Reviewing and revising play a tremendously important role in improving students' writing at the paragraph level. However, students are often unclear about how to improve their writing. One effective approach is to teach students about a variety of elaboration details that can be used to support the key ideas in their writing. This session spotlights the Detail Circle strategy, developed by Jennings and Haynes, which supports students' ability to effectively elaborate in their compositions.
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