Tuesday, July 26, 2011

High School English -- Analyzing Argument and Rhetoric: Critical Reading Strategies for All

Jonathan LeMaster

Date: August 12, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. AND 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Carolina Forest High Auditorium

Description of Session: As students progress through school, they will need to move beyond simple comprehension of texts (that is, understanding what they have read and articulating the main points) to analyzing, evaluating, and interpreting ideas in a text. Students will need to know how authors construct meaning and how texts are related to the historical, social, and rhetorical contexts in which they are written. Understanding how authors write from a particular context and perspective is only one element of reading rhetorically. Students must also consider an author's claims and analyze how he/she uses evidence to construct an argument. In high school and college, students are expected to read more sophisticated arguments with little to no support. For this reason, we must strategically teach our students how to read rhetorically and write analytically to better prepare them for rigorous academic environments."

Join content literacy expert, Jonathan LeMaster, to immerse yourself in instructional strategies for critical reading, marking the test, analyzing arguments, and reading rhetoric in ways that will benefit ALL students.

Participants in this session will be provided with a one year membership to Literacy Advantage (http://www.literacyta.com/literacy-skills).

Participants will need to bring pencils, markers, and lined paper to participate in the session activities.


Beth Sharrett,  August 22, 2011 at 2:21 PM  

WOW!!! I want to be one of his students for a while. He modeled excellent teaching & fed us material that will help us help our students grow! Staff development like this is such a wonderful experience!

R. Pisaniello,  August 23, 2011 at 4:01 PM  

This was one of the best staff development opportunities I've attended in 14 years! Thank you so much for inviting LeMasters to present. Those who missed this session will weep with regret for many years to come! Kidding. In all seriousness, the tools and strategies shared are brilliant. My only wish is that LeMasters will soon be invited to address teachers of all disciplines. His website is loaded with interdisciplinary resources for immediate use by all instructors!

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