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Dec 2nd Weekend Workshops lineup announced! (Writing Strategies for Language Development)

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Come join practicing Teachers as they share techniques and strategies that work in their classrooms. The Bay Area Writing Project is excited to provide high quality professional development opportunities at an affordable price for teachers throughout the Bay Area. This workshop series is perfect for teachers, administrators, coaches, coordinators, student teachers or anyone interested in the teaching of writing.

$20.00 registration12/2/17 Registration

Dec. 2nd WWorkshop 2017 (pdf flyer)

$80 registrationAll 5 2017-2018 Weekend Workshops Registration

17.18WWorkshop (pdf flyer)
*Credit available for purchase if you attend 4 out of 5 workshops


December 2, 2017 Weekend Workshop line-up: 

Writing Strategies for Language Development

Classrooms are filled with linguistically and culturally diverse students. Workshops will focus on a variety of instructional strategies to amplify language features and support language production for all learners. Teachers will experience language rich writing strategies and tools to provide targeted instruction for various levels of language fluency.

December 2, 2017

Session 1:

Building the Writing Foundation for EL Students Through Text Reconstruction
Presenter: Lisa Wong

This workshop presents various strategies and activities for EL writing and language development, with specific focus on text reconstruction. Through text reconstruction, EL students can develop and demonstrate their growing and complex understanding of English as a way to make academic and social meaning, while attending to text structure, language features, and vocabulary. Activities range from the ELD newcomer level through the Long-Term English Learner (LTEL) level and are most appropriate for grades 3 through 12+.

Authentic Writing for English Language Learners
Presenter: Charles Erdmann

The need for ELLs to engage in authentic writing opportunities is an important step in the process of language proficiency.  In this workshop, we will have a basic understanding of engaging Beginning Level ELLs in authentic writing, focusing on building background.  This will include opportunities to explore lessons and activities that tap into student’s life experiences, followed with examining student work and coming up with possible next steps in an ELLs writing process..

Session 2:

Mad Libs Poetry & Strategic Syntax Development
Presenter: Rachel Prizant Kotok

Explicit structural language learning can be adjective, especially for English Learners and struggling writers. Explore instructional strategies for syntax and vocabulary development that integrate creative written expression using Mad Libs and poetic plural noun. We’ll experience these strategies via interactive, collaborative writing opportunities and discuss how learners benefit from guided awareness of syntactic patterns.

Building Vocabulary and Extending Language using Complex Text
Presenter: Aija Simmons

Reading complex texts provide English learners a wealth of opportunities for language development. This workshop will model how to use complex texts to support language learners to build vocabulary and extend their oral and written language through practice and scaffolding.


This workshop event will feature your choice of one workshop each session.

Location: UC Berkeley, Tolman Hall Education Library (2nd Floor)
Directional signs will be posted the day of the workshops

Free street parking on Arch, LeConte and Spruce
Campus (Fee) parking options (Recommended: Lower Hearst parking structure)



Check-in and Coffee: 8:30 am
Opening Remarks: 8:45 am
Session 1: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Session 2: 10:45 am – 12:15 pm