The Syntax Attuned Educator: Supporting Students’ Ability to Comprehend and Write Sentences
Syntactic knowledge, the ability to understand a variety of grammatical structures within the context of a sentence, supports students’ reading fluency and comprehension of text. This session presents research on syntax and explains its critical role in comprehending complex text. Armed with this understanding, educators learn how to teach their students the functions of sentence parts—words, phrases, and clauses—in order to show them how to unpack the meaning of sentences they encounter in text. Participants will also learn tips on how they can support students’ reading fluency and comprehension by teaching phrasing and sentence structure with a focus on oral language and written expression.
5 mins - Disclosures, Introduction
25 mins - Review of current research
50 mins - Objectives
Describe role that syntactic knowledge plays in reading comprehension
Explain why teachers need to build their own syntactic knowledge
List instructional activities to support students’ ability to comprehend and write a variety of sentences
30 mins - Results and Recommendations
10 mins - Q&A
ASHA: 0.2 ASHA CEUs,
CA SLPAHB: 2 hrs
CMH: 2 hrs
About the Presenter
Bio and Disclosures
Bio: Margie B. Gillis, Ed.D. is a nationally recognized literacy expert and a Certified Academic Language Therapist who has taught children and adults to read for over 45 years. In 2009, Margie founded Literacy How, Inc. , a non-profit organization, to provide professional development opportunities and coaching for educators on how best to implement evidence-based reading practices in the classroom. In 2010, Margie founded the Anne E. Fowler Foundation to support scholarships for teachers for graduate work in reading and language development. Margie has worked at the policy level through the Connecticut State Department of Education. She was instrumental in Connecticut’s adoption of a universal screening test for K-3 students and implementing the Connecticut Foundations of Reading Test as part of the certification process for pre-service teachers. Margie is an academic advisor for ReadWorks.org, Understood.org, and the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction. She is on the Editorial Board of the International Dyslexia Association, Perspectives and The Reading League Journal. Margie believes that learning to read is a civil right and that all children can learn to read and benefit from evidence-based instruction.
Financial— Dr. Gillis received a speaking fee from the Lavi Institute/Power Up Conference. Margie is an academic advisor for ReadWorks.org, Understood.org, and the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction.
Nonfinancial— Founder of the Anne E. Fowler Foundation and the Literacy How, Inc. Dr. Gillis is on the Editorial Board of the International Dyslexia Association, Perspectives and The Reading League Journal.
- Describe role that syntactic knowledge plays in reading comprehension
- Explain why teachers need to build their own syntactic knowledge
- List instructional activities to support students’ ability to comprehend and write a variety of sentences
Satisfactory Course Completion Requirements
This course must be watched in its entirety. In order to receive the CMH or the CEU certificate, a quiz is required to be completed with 80% success.
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