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Kernel Essays for Writing and Reading
“Fantastic training to help create great writers within your classroom!”
The purpose of this course is to provide you with innovative, concrete tools to use for both reading and writing, tools which work with any style of teaching, from all-digital to paper-pencil. Guided by the foundation beliefs of the National Writing Project and informed by the work of literacy leaders and research in best practices, the course designer, Gretchen Bernabei, offers you tried-and-true methods that take the mystery out of powerful writing and in-depth reading.
Why Learn with TCEA?
- Our courses are streamlined for efficient and lasting learning.
- We share ideas and resources that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.
- We also offer ideas and techniques based on years of experience in professional development, integrating educator feedback to always meet the needs of course participants.
What People Are Saying…
“Great practical writing strategies and mini lessons that are flexible and a compliment to both reading and writing.”
“I LOVED IT!!!”
“This course gave me a whole new outlook on teaching writing skills and practices.”
Self-Paced Online Course
Kernel Essays for Writing and Reading is a self-paced, online program. Participants can begin anytime and go at their own speed throughout the program.
Upon enrollment, you will receive a program invitation email from TCEA’s learning management system (Instructure’s Canvas) that will give you access to the self-paced course. Within the course, you will find modules that must be moved through in sequential order. The modules can be found below.
|Module 1||Introduction to Kernel Essays||What are kernel essays and where did they come from? If you recognize scenarios like “I don’t know how to start” or “What am I supposed to say in the introduction,” then you understand the need for students to learn independence as writers. You’ll learn how one pair of questions leads to an infinite number of answers; you’ll practice two basic kernel essay structures and write your own first kernel essays, while exploring the surprisingly fast transfer of ownership to students.|
|Module 2||Writing Kernel Essays for Readers||What is literacy for, anyway? Mostly, it’s for humans to connect with other humans. Through a survey of text structure collections, you’ll explore what Thomas Newkirk calls the “itch and scratch” of writing for actual readers, from our most formal national proclamations to messages between family members or friends. We want our students to be prepared to write for any situation, including academic situations.|
|Module 3||Adding Details with Writer’s Craft||But what if you want to expand a kernel essay into something longer? We collect writer’s craft piece by piece, starting small and adding one piece at a time. This module shows you how to set up, harvest, and apply a working collection of writer’s craft, including ba-da-bing sentences, figurative language, and rhetorical devices.|
|Module 4||Revising Weak Writing||Your writers have been learning how to strengthen their writing, but it’s also important that they learn about some features that weaken writing. This module will raise their awareness so they will notice and revise some of the most common types of weak writing (vagueness, repetition, throwaway writing, words in weird order, bad logic and passive voice).|
|Module 5||Writing to Respond to Reading||As your students continue to build their own collections of structures and craft throughout the year, you can see these put to use in many ways. They can choose structures to write about a theme from literature, or to answer a more focused short essay question about something they have read. From major essays to minor quickwrites, students can demonstrate what they know by choosing their content and structures. For variety, you can also choose how they lay out their knowledge in a variety of formats.|