Teaching Writing: Structure and Style

Nov. 12, 2014 –
Nov. 14, 2014
8:30am CST –
4:30pm CST

A Three-Day Seminar for Classroom/School and Home Teachers, Parents, Tutors, College Students

Please note: Because we are video recording this seminar in a professional studio, we are limiting access to enrolled adults who are committed to attending all three days. Participants will be required to sign a photo/video release. 

Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, November 12-14, 2014 8:30AM*– 4:00PM with breaks for lunch 

*Please arrive 20 minutes early. Enrollment limited to 25 schoolteachers and administrators and 25 homeschool leaders and parents.

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Irving, TX 75038
Phone: 800.856.5815
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Cost: $89.00/participant
Teacher materials included: Seminar Workbook

The structure and style syllabus teaches models and techniques for English composition which logically build upon each other, allowing students to become familiar and competent with a variety of writing formats and styles. As opposed to many "creative" writing approaches, this more classical system stresses modeling and builds a firm foundation of specific skills.
Students first make a "key word outline" and then rewrite from their notes, thus being freed from the problem of what to write about, so they are able to clearly focus on how to write well. As they master each structural model and stylistic technique, they develop great confidence, and consequently great creativity. The syllabus then gradually moves the student from dictated content toward "the blank page" using:

TWSS Seminar Schedule:

  • Day 1 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Basics of Structure and Style (Units 1–3) plus stylistic techniques
    No prerequisites.
  • Day 2 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Reports, Writing from Pictures, Research Papers (Units 4–6) plus stylistic techniques
    Prerequisite: Attendance on day 1‚Äč
  • Day 3 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Inventive (writing from prompts), Essays, and Literary Critiques (Units 7–9) plus stylistic techniques
    Prerequisite: Attendance on day 1 and 2

Nine different structural models, including:

  • Note making and summarizing from notes; limiting skills.
  • Summarizing narrative stories with the story sequence chart.
  • Summarizing references (without copying the encyclopedia).
  • Library research reports using multiple references and fused outlines.
  • Topic - clincher paragraph format, techniques for titling.
  • Inventive or prompt-based writing, letters and writing from pictures.
  • Formal essays and critique formats.

The Syllabus in Style introduces specific techniques to help students:

  • "Dress-up" each paragraph with six different tools.
  • Use a variety of sentence "openers."
  • Judiciously choose literary "decorations."
  • Learn English grammar in the context of USING it, rather than just memorizing terms and identifying parts of speech.
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