Jane's Foundational Workshop: Teaching the Multiparagrah Essay in ELA Classes (Grades 3-12) - School Start-up Discount: BUY ONE, PAY HALF-PRICE for ONE OF YOUR COLLEAGUES

Registrants will receive webinar invitation.
Workshop Date: 
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 5:00pm to Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 6:30pm
90 minutes for each segment / 7.5 hours total


Price: $179.95 

Webinar Start Times for Different Time Zones:

  • 3:00 P.M.   (PST)
  • 4:00 P.M.   (MST)
  • 5:00 P.M.   (CST)
  • 6:00 P.M.   (EST)

 Included in This Training:

  • 7.5 hours of instruction;
  • teacher's guide;
  • zipper bag with set of pens for color-coding;
  • unbound graphic organizers for easy copying; and
  • CEU certificate.


September 7- Part I: Introduction and Common Terminology - In the first 90-minute session, Dr. Deborah E. Louis will provide participants with a color-coded response to literature model as she defines and unpacks the “official” Jane Schaffer® terminology as it applies to an academic body paragraph for literary analysis. Further discussion includes 1) teaching students writing through a gradual release of responsibility (“GRR”); 2) learning how to design and create results-oriented writing prompts; 3) starting with an engaging topic sentence; 3) moving students beyond the initial structure; 4) changing ratios with the different types (modes) of writing.

September 21 - Part II: The Writing Process of a Paragraph- In Part II, Dr. Louis will continue modelling, but in this session, she will model the student thinking process, prompted by the four steps in the Jane Schaffer Writing Process for literary analysis:

  • Discerning, Evaluating, and Gathering Evidence (CDs)
  • Arranging Thoughts (Tchart)
  • Analyzing the Evidence (CMs)
  • Revising for Content; Editing for Usage, Grammar, and Syntax; Transitioning for Coherence; Proofing for Logic and Fluidity (Shaping Sheet)

September 28 - Part III: Collaborative Writing and Close Reading Strategies: In Part III, Dr. Louis will conduct a collaborative writing seminar, and together, Dr. Louis and her participants will write a literary analysis applying the Jane Schaffer® process. Participants will use this practice time to clarify the steps and experience the likely obstacles their students will face. In this session, participants also will learn how to improve students’ comprehension of texts through techniques and strategies which develop close reading skills.

October 5 - Part IV: Advanced Writing: In Part IV , Dr. Louis and her participants will discuss writing strategies for advanced writers. Working with advanced texts and advanced writing strategies, Dr. Louis will discuss: 1) embedding quotations; 2) assigning two-chunk vs. one-chunk body paragraphs; 3) mixing ratios; and 4) weaving CDs and CMs.

October 12 - Part V : The Big Picture: Moving to the essay format, Part V will consist of Dr. Louis first presenting ideas for 1) discovering themes in literature; 2) developing a thesis statement; and 3) writing introductions and conclusions. In the final minutes, Dr. Louis will guide the participants through the “Teacher’s Toolbox,” which includes 1) timelines; 2) rubrics and scoring guides; and 3) advanced models.

Reminder: Allow 90 minutes for each session. For the first session, please enter the webinar early to test technology.

Equipment: Computer or Mobile Device; Internet Access; Audio.  Webcam optional.

Questions? 214.946.3385

Email: info@janeschaffer.com

For Individuals: Credit Cards or Purchase Orders Accepted.

For Departments, Campuses, and Districts: Credit Cards or Purchase Orders Accepted.

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Payable to Louis Educational Concepts, LLC, 400 South Zang Blvd., Ste. 1425, Dallas, Texas 75208, (f) 214.943.9447

P.O. must arrive on or before registration deadline to reserve place in the workshop.