The Syntax Attuned Educator: Supporting Students’ Ability to Comprehend Sentences
presented by Margie Gillis, Ed.D.
February 9, 2022
Syntactic knowledge, the ability to understand a variety of grammatical structures within the context of a sentence, supports students’ comprehension of text. This session presents research on syntax and explains its critical role in comprehending complex text. Armed with this understanding, educators learn how to teach their students the functions of sentence parts—words, phrases, and clauses—in order to show them how to unpack the meaning of sentences they encounter in text.
- To share research on the role that syntactic knowledge plays in reading comprehension
- To explain why teachers need to build their own syntactic knowledge
- To present some instructional activities to support students’ ability to comprehend a variety of sentences
Dr. Margie B. Gillis, Ed.D. is a Certified Academic Language Therapist, a research affiliate at Haskins Laboratories and the founder and president of Literacy How, a non-profit organization that provides professional development for teachers on how to apply the Science of Reading. Margie is also the president of Anne Fowler Foundation providing scholarships for educators. She is the co-founder of Smart Kids with LD, the former president of ConnBIDA, and a board member of the Academic Language Therapy Association and the Reading League of CT. She is an editor of the IDA Perspectives Journal and the Reading League Journal and a professional advisor for Understood, ReadWorks, and the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction. Margie believes that learning to read is a civil right and that all children benefit from research and evidence-based instruction.
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