The Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project
West Chester University
720 S. High St
West Chester, PA 19383
Pauline Schmidt, Ph.D.
Emily Aguiló-Peréz, Ph.D.
Jason Vanfosson, Ph.D.
3 Graduate Credits from West Chester University
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Please register at least two weeks before the class begins.
If you are not enrolled in a Master's Degree program at West Chester University, learn how to enroll as a nondegree student.
PWP 599-31 Grammar Matters, Grades 4-12
599-31 Face-to-Face Dates: July 15-19, 2019
Location: 201 Main Hall, WCU
Instructors: Jen Greene and Kelly Virgin
Description: This course will help you become more comfortable and confident in grammar instruction. You will have the opportunity to design lessons that embed the teaching of grammar into the writing process. You will learn where to find answers to the more obscure questions about the rules of the English language as well as create and contribute to an online reference library of rules.
Face-to-Face Dates: July 22-26, 2019
Location: 201 Main Hall, WCU
Instructors: Dr. Emily Aguilo-Perez & Jen Greene
Welcome to the world of picture books - hundreds of texts in one room for you to examine and enjoy. The course facilitators share their love of children's literature and passion for writing in a relaxed, highly motivating setting. Learn how to connect story elements and literary devices to specific activities, use scaffolds to develop students' writing, and create strategic mini-lessons that link rich literature to the teaching of writing. Expand your knowledge of mentor texts for models of exemplary writing and reader-response activities designed for various purposes, audiences, and genres. Opportunities to meet Common Core Standards for reading, writing, speaking, and listening wherever applicable.
The Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project offers an Invitational Institute in the Teaching of Writing. Participants earn six graduate credits from West Chester University.
Experienced teachers come together to demonstrate and examine their classroom practices, study the latest research about teaching, and develop their own teaching skills. As a result of these activities, teachers are better prepared for their own classrooms and for teaching other teachers.
This teachers-teaching-teachers model is the heart of the Project philosophy.
Teachers who successfully complete an Institute are eligible to teach in PAWLP's summer Youth Programs, present in courses, and provide professional development for local school districts.
An application form, endorsement from a PAWLP Fellow or school district administrator, and interview are required. Applications are considered on a rolling admission basis. For more information or an application please call the PAWLP office at 610-436-2598 orPauline Schmidt
2020 Institute Dates. Total of 14 dates. 6 graduate credits
Final application deadline is April 15, 2020.
Did you know that the Institutes and many of PAWLP's courses apply to the innovative Master of Arts degree in Writing, Teaching, and Criticism?
Developed with Language Arts and Secondary English teachers in mind, this flexible, year-round, professionally oriented program allows students to explore three areas of study in English - rhetoric and composition, pedagogy, and literary studies. The 36 hour program brings together theory and classroom practices in writing and rhetoric, secondary English teaching, and the interpretation of literature and other cultural discourses. The program welcomes students with an interest in exploring the way language, teaching and literature intersect.
In addition to the required Teacher as Writer course taught by PAWLP Director Pauline Schmidt, up to four other PWP courses may apply to the twelve-course requirement of the degree.
To enroll, contact the Graduate School at 610-436-2943.