Summer Workshops

2015 Summer Institute: Writing to Learn
for K-16 Teachers
Pre-Institute May 15-16; Institute July 7-23, NDSU Campus, Fargo, ND

As a site of the National Writing Project, the RRVWP offers a Summer Institute which gives participants a place to read and discuss ideas about teaching writing and using writing to teach—plus time to write. Readings include common and individual selections to meet the needs and interests of all participants in the institute. Teachers also share best teaching practices through hands-on teaching demonstrations and explore the teaching of writing by writing. Participants are eligible to receive up to a $750 stipend to reimburse the cost of tuition for the Institute. Institute fellows are eligible for up to three graduate credits through NDSU. Requirements for credit: participation, teaching demonstration, and portfolio due July 31. Contact Kelly Sassi at <kelly[dot]sassi[at]ndsu[dot]edu> for more information.


2015 Open Institute: Sentence Sense
Audience: K-12
Dates: June 16-17 in Fargo and June 23-24 in Grand Forks
Instructors: Nancy Devine and Pam Fisher
Credits: One
Description: Learn how to write more effectively through generating quality sentences. In this class, participants will explore various sentence writing strategies, analyze models for sentence generation, examine sentence-level syntax, learn to manipulate syntax to create varying effects for readers, and explore how sentences relate to each other. Participants will generate their own sentences, analyze them, revise them, and discuss the strategies used. They will also consider how sentence strategies can be used to scaffold students K-12.
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2015 Open Institute: Build Your Argument Toolkit

Audience: K-12
Dates: August 4-5 in Grand Forks
Instructor: Dr. Kim Donehower
Credits: One 
Description: This mini-institute is designed to give K-12 teachers an introductory course in classical to contemporary rhetoric, so that we might select useful ideas, terms, and techniques for our students and our teaching. The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts place tremendous emphasis on the "evidence-based argument," but there's a more important word buried (and sometimes misdefined) in the standards: "rhetoric." "Rhetoric," in the classic sense, is the study of persuasion, and it's difficult to teach students to read or write arguments without it. It encompasses everything from coming up with sound claims to the selection of evidence to audience analysis to persuasive techniques to word choice.
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