October 4, 2019: Narrative


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October 4, 2019: Narrative, 219.95


Hilton Garden Inn
24150 Park Sorento
Calabasas, CA 91302

9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Contact for Curriculum or Purchasing: Dr. Deborah E. Louis (info@janeschaffer.wpengine.com)

Questions about Curriculum or Purchasing? 214.946.3385



October 4: Narrative

Time: 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

What to Wear: Dress comfortably. Layer your clothing.

What to Bring: We’ll provide your guides and pens and post-it notes, but feel free to bring your favorite note-taking materials, such as tape-flags and highlighters. You may also bring your tablet or iPad to review our digital products and approaches, but a device is not required.

Questions about Curriculum or Purchasing? 214.946.3385

Email: info@janeschaffer.wpengine.com

October 4, 2019 - Narrative

Teaching Narrative

The best way to introduce the writing process to students, especially elementary and middle school students, is to allow the students to write about what they know. The personal narrative allows students to learn the fundamentals of academic writing without the added pressure of content-specific text-based responses.

This one-day workshop provides K-5 participants with the Jane Schaffer Writing Program® and its foundational approach to thinking and writing. Teachers will learn the terminology, color-coding, chunking technique, and ratios, all of which work together to produce thoughtful writing, even at the early grades. New writers must learn the difference between fact and opinion, and the JSWP method of teaching that difference is fundamental to the scaffolding of writing skills. Therefore, teaching the personal and fictional narrative will focus on the need for students to be able to separate the description of a scene and/or character from inferencing the effect or feelings of that scene or character. More advanced students, of course, meld the two together.

While the description of our approach seems highly pedagogical and advanced (and it is), the actual teaching of these skills in this one-day workshop lends itself to the bottom line of narrative: the when, where, who, what happened, why, and dialogue that makes for a rich piece of writing at a second grade level or a fifth grade level.

For K-1 teachers, their understanding of the color-coding and terminology will help them to introduce, orally and/or in a one-sentence-at-a-time approach, the basic understanding of CDs and CMs.

Teachers will leave the workshop with techniques for training students how to begin developing personal narratives. As time permits, the workshop will include instruction on imaginative yet focused fictional narratives that include topic discovery, setting, point of view, back story, conflict, and resolution.


  • Brief introduction
  • Establishing common terminology and learning Jane’s methodology for the narrative body paragraph (model paragraph)
  • Discovering the topic of a narrative essay
  • Two different personal narrative layouts
    • writing about an event in time or a fictional narrative
    • writing about a person, place, or thing
  • The thinking and writing process of a personal and/or fictional narrative (model and collaborative work)
    • Creating topic sentences that provide sequencing in your personal narrative (TS)
    • Gathering sensory details (CDs)
      • When
      • Where
      • Who
      • What Happened
      • Dialogue
    • The narrator’s point of view (CMs)
    • Jane’s Shaping Sheet: Editing, Revising, Proofing
      • Grammar, mechanics, usage, syntax
      • Transitional words, phrases, and thoughts
    • The Introduction
    • The Conclusion
    • Embedding Quotations in Context (Lead-ins)
  • Collaborative writing
  • Sample timelines/pacing plans
  • Scaffolding/RTI/ELL/SPED
  • Weaving – Leaving the formula behind

Pricing and Payment Information

October 4: Narrative, 219.95

For Individuals: Credit Cards or Purchase Orders Accepted. No Personal Checks.

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

For Purchase Orders and Company Checks:

  • Please contact info@janeschaffer.wpengine.com to obtain W9 and/or any other vendor requirements your school or district needs.
  • Purchase orders and company checks should be made payable to Louis Educational Concepts, LLC, 400 South Zang Blvd., Ste. 1425, Dallas, Texas 75208. You may fax your P.O. to 214.943.9447 or email it to info@louisconcepts.com.
  • Your P.O. must arrive on or before the registration deadline to reserve your seat and finalize your registration.

Questions? 214.946.3385

Email: info@janeschaffer.wpengine.com