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Matt Glover: Nurturing Language Composition in Young Readers and Writers

October 20, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

| $175 – $200

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When young children create picture books, they are composing language. Children use a similar process when reading picture books (before they can decode) and compose language for the illustrations they see. There are similarities in how young children compose language for the illustrations in both published books and the books they create. There are also similarities to how the compose language in dramatic play. One might think that children would display equivalent language levels across these areas, but that isn’t always the case. Some children display more complex language in reading or writing. By recognizing this, educators can use children’s language in one area to lift the language level in another. In this session we will practice noticing how children are using language in different areas and then using what we notice to support language growth.

Matt Glover has been a teacher, principal, author and consultant for over 30 years. His latest book is “Craft and Process Studies: Units that Provide Writers with Choice of Genre.” He is also the author of “Engaging Young Writers;” co-author with Kathy Collins of “I Am Reading;” co-author with Mary Alice Berry of “Projecting Possibilities for Writers;” and co-author with Katie Wood Ray of “Already Ready” and “Watch Katie and Matt… Sit Down and Teach Up,” a video enhanced ebook that combines video and text to examine conferring with young writers. Along with Ellin Keene, he is the co-editor of “The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays about Children, Learning, and Teaching.” An internationally known literacy consultant, he frequently speaks on topics related to nurturing writers including engagement, choice, conferring, unit design and oral language composition.