Alice Nine's Professional Development Center

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    • Snippety Grammar 4 Editing STAARs, Jan 10
    • Writing STAAR Essays, Jan 17
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  • Snippety Grammar 4 Editing STAARs

    January 10, 2018  -  El Paso, TX

    50% of the STAAR™ Writing score in 4th grade is from editing questions.

    This workshop is called SNIPPETY because it's grammar snippets in mini-lessons and bite-sized practices using anchor lessons and anchor charts with daily rituals and routines to develop editing skills. Content & strategies aligned with ELAR TEKS, especially focused for STAAR Writing.

    Learn how to

    • Read like proofreader
    • Identify and fix fragments / run-ons / fused
    • Eradicate word usage confusion,
         e.g., to/too/two; their/there/they’re
    • Process critical spelling rules,
         e.g., hoping or hopping
    • Develop editing skills with practice routines

    Online Resources come with this workshop!
    Space is limited! Enroll now!

    Workshop Agenda.

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  • Writing STAAR™ Essays

    January 17, 2018  --  El Paso, TX

    This is blended PD:  Online Sessions and a Day on location (Radisson, El Paso).

    On January 17, 2018, you will spend the day with Alice Nine, going through the writing process for the STAAR expository essay from prompt to revised essay (4th grade), creating a record 
of your thinking with an eye on recreating mentor essays in your classroom. You will learn how to—

      • Use the prompt to write a clear central idea statement (thesis)
      • To revise the central idea statement (thesis) six different ways
      • Use Alice Nine’s X-Builder to prewrite the essay body
      • Write a conclusion that completes the essay and includes the central idea (thesis)
      • Experience the instructional activities in real time

    Upon enrollment, you will receive access to ONLINE SESSIONS that include deciphering the STAAR writing rubric and deconstructing the STAAR essay prompt and using Alice's X-Builder for Body. You will also be able to create the fantastic Mr. Marshmallow Narrative vs. Expository Chart

    Space is limited! We will not exceed 30 teachers in the session. Enroll now!

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    If you cannot attend the day at El Paso Radisson, you can enroll for the online sessions.   More information HERE.


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    The 4th Grade STAAR™ Essay
    DIGITAL PD --  24/7  -- At your convenience!

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    Outline of  Modules 

    ✔︎ Deciphering the STAAR™ Rubrics

     ✔︎ Deconstructing Expository Prompts

    ✔︎ Developing the Expository Essay 
         --Writing a thesis using 4th prompt
          --Using the X-Builder

    ✔︎ Know the Difference: Personal Narrative vs. Expository
        --Compare and contrast with Mr. Marshmallow

    ✔︎ 4th Grade STAAR™-like prompts

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  • Johnny Can Spell Start-Up Training
    DIGITAL PD -- 24/7 -- At your convenience!
    Enrollment is OPEN

    Complete online training with Alice Nine.
       Work at a learning pace that works for you in the comfort of your home.
       Experience routines and rituals, step-by-step with Alice's simulated lessons.
       Examine teaching points and instruction helps.
       Receive personal feedback via email from Alice Nine.

    BONUS:  JCSpell TouchPoint Modules, online for continuing support 
during implementation.

    Click HERE to view / print outline of the online sessions.

    Enroll any time. 
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