Literacy professional development for teachers, literacy coaches, reading and literacy specialists, and school leaders on best practices for teaching reading and writing
Genre Study: Teaching With Fiction and Nonfiction Books in a Readers' Workshop, Grades K–8With literacy expert and author, Irene Fountas, and Lesley University faculty July 15–18, 2013 (Monday–Thursday)8:00 am–3:45 pm (7:30 am on day one)
Engage in an in-depth genre study of realism, fantasy, and informational texts. Plan how to support genre teaching and learning in all areas of readers' workshop using mentor texts, focused minilessons, and guided reading to build students' understanding. Explore writing about reading and consider its place in your classroom as a tool for students to expand their understanding of genre and content. Engage in close reading of texts to think deeply about author's craft, purpose, structure, and themes and ideas. Consider how understanding genres, writing about reading, and close study can help all students, including English language learners and those who have difficulty learning, become more competent readers to meet or exceed the expectations of the Common Core State Standards. Earn 24 professional development hours in the area of literacy teaching.This is a process-oriented, hands-on literacy professional development event. You
will leave this institute with a genre study plan that you created.
Topics will include:
Keynotes and breakout sessions customized for the grade levels you teach:
Materials Included in Registration Fees
You will receive the Genre Study Suite Bundle and a Primary or Advanced Reader's Notebook by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, and other materials, when you arrive for the institute. If you already own these materials, feel free to pass them along to a friend or colleague in your school.
Registration FeesYou may take this institute for noncredit or earn two or three graduate credits.
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Course Syllabus and Grading Rubric
The official course syllabus [pdf] contains graduate credit assignments, policies, and information on disability services. Learn how your assignment will be evaluated with this grading rubric.
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This event will take place on campus:
1815 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140
University Hall is closest to the MBTA Red Line Porter Square stop.
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Due to Lesley's urban location and limited parking, we recommend that you take public transportation to get here. If driving is better for you, here are some resources:
When you attend one of our institutes, courses, or conferences, you will receive a certificate of attendance which you can then turn into Professional Development Points (PDPs) in your school district.
Learn more about earning PDPs [pdf].