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Gretchen Bernabei: Using Kernel Essays to Write about Reading on the New Secondary RLA STAAR



Join writing guru, Gretchen Bernabei, for this fun and engaging session.

Since many questions in the secondary RLA classroom involve how an author’s moves make an impact on a reader, students need to become acquainted with their own independent thoughts and reactions to their reading. We need to help students learn how to generate well-formed, thorough, composed reactions to a text. Text structures can help develop this ability.

Using mentor texts, we will explore a painless and natural process to lead students to write about what they read, starting with basic responses, then analysis, and finally, answering questions. You’ll walk away feeling equipped to handle writing on the new STAAR.

 


Important Session Information:


Gretchen Bernabei has taught middle school and high school for 34 years. After earning her B.A. at Southwest Texas State University, she has devoted her professional life to learning, developing, and sharing best practices, particularly through the National Writing Projects. A sought-after speaker, Gretchen has authored Why We Must Run with Scissors: Voice Lessons in Persuasive Writing (2001, Discover Writing Press); Reviving the Essay: How to Teach Structure Without Formula (2005, Discover Writing Press); Lightning in a Bottle (2003, Trail of Breadcrumbs); Sparklers: High Scoring Test Essays and What We Learn from Them (2007, Trail of Breadcrumbs); The Good Writer’s Guide (2006, Hampton-Brown/National Geographic School Publications); Crunchtime: Lessons to Help Students Blow The Roof Off Writing Tests and Become Better Writers in the Process (2009, Heinemann); The Story of My Thinking: Expository Writing Activities for 13 Teaching Situations (Heinemann, 2012); Fun-Size Academic Writing for Serious Learning (Corwin, 2013); Grammar Keepers (Corwin, 2014), Text Structures from the Masters (Corwin, 2016), Text Structures from Nursery Rhymes (Corwin, 2018), and Text Structures from Fairy Tales (Corwin, 2019).

For her work, NCTE honored her with the James Moffett Award in 2010.

She lives in San Antonio, Texas.
This session is full.

Session ID:
853917
Credits Available:
(6) CPE
Seats Available:
0
Fee:
$0.00 (* No Charge)
Contact Person:
Annie Padilla
Instructor(s):
Gretchen Bernabei
Audience:
Teacher (6-8), Teacher (9-12)
 
Date Time Location
7/20/2022 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Region 17 ESC - South Conference A, South Conference F
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