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Featured Webinar

Terry Roberts

Using Discussion to Inspire Writing

February 25, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET

Join Terry Roberts, director of the National Paideia Center and co-author of The Better Writing Breakthrough, for a discussion of how to use formal classroom discussion to inspire student writing that is more clear, coherent, and sophisticated. In particular, Roberts will show you how to use Socratic Seminar Dialogue to help students generate both new ideas and language with which to express those ideas in their writing.

The focus of this webinar will be the practical pre-seminar content strategies that prepare students for both discussion of and writing about complex texts, as well as the post-seminar strategies that help students transition directly from talking to writing.

These strategies include multiple, close readings of the text that prepare students for full participation in the seminar and detailed response to the writing task. This pre-seminar work includes detailed vocabulary study which enables students to talk and write about the ideas in the text with much greater fluency.

The post-seminar focus will include specific transition to writing strategies that help students capture what they said, heard, and thought during the discussion that is directly related to the writing task—thus providing them with the raw material they need to write extended responses.

Our focus throughout this webinar will be practical strategies that have been repeatedly tested in a variety of classroom settings—strategies that can help your students break through to better writing.


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Coming Webinars

Free Webinars

Terry Roberts: Using Discussion to Inspire Writing
(February 25, 3:00 p.m. ET)

William Parrett & Kathleen Budge: Disrupting Poverty: Creating a Poverty Literate Culture for Student Success (March 17, 3:00 p.m. ET)



Archived ASCD Webinars


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Virtual Learning Network Webinar Series

Led by ASCD Faculty experts in mathematics, English language arts, science, and social studies, these webinars explore how to implement the new standards in your classroom and provide strategies and tools you can use immediately.

See archived Virtual Learning Network webinars.

ASCD Common Core Webinar Series

Help your school or district understand and implement the Common Core State Standards.

See archived Common Core webinars.

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