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Gretchen Bernabei's intuitive approach to teaching the personal essay has revolutionized the way teachers teach the essay and transformed how students respond to writing prompts. In this dynamic 45 minute video you will get a personal introduction to these power strategies from Gretchen herself and learn how to immediately implement them into your classroom. You will see Gretchen in action working with 4th graders, high school students and teachers and hear her personal tips for helping students write with voice and passion. You will also find downloadable lessons and student examples to use with your class. Lessons explored include:
Truisms and How to Teach Them
Ba Da Bing (writing strong sentences)
The Kernal Essay
Playing with Text Structures
The 11 minute essay
Using Quick lists to Find Topics
Writing With Voice
"After I took Gretchen s workshop my TAKS essay scores jumped form 44% passing to 76% passing in one week.
~ Nika Maples, Grade 10, Texas
"Wow! I thought after countless hours of writing workshops and training, that I knew how to teach writing! I was wrong! Gretchen showed me a whole bunch of new ways to teach writing to my 4th graders. I can t wait to get back to school tomorrow."
~ Susie Jackson, 4th grade, San Antonio, Texas
"Gretchen is awesome. Not only does she have great strategies for helping students become writers, she also has a great down to earth delivery. She brings it home and makes it real. I can t wait to take it back.
~ Carla Blackwell, Grades 9 -12, Lavernia, Texas