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Citadel News Service

For Release
May 3, 2002

Citadel to host middle school language arts institute

          The Citadel is set to host the South Carolina Middle Grades Language Arts Institute, a collaborative effort between the Governors Institute of Reading at the State Department of Education, the Lowcountry Writing Project, and the South Carolina State Council of the International Reading Association.

          Scheduled for June 24-28 and July 19, 2002 at The Citadel, the institute will provide an opportunity for teachers in grades four through nine to participate in professional development that supports the South Carolina curriculum standards.

          Maureen Barbieri, from New York University's Steinhardt School of Education, will be the guest instructor for the institute. Barbieri, a former middle school language arts teacher, administrator and staff developer, is co-director of NYU's Summer Writing Institute for Teachers. Tom Thompson, director of the Lowcountry Writing Project, The Citadels affiliate of the National Writing Project, will be the second instructor.

          This years institute will introduce participants to the concept of a multi-genre paper, a form in which a variety of genres (such as essay, short story, poetry, and research report) are combined in a single text. This kind of writing allows students to learn more about a topic by exploring it from a number of different perspectives. The goal of the institute is to help teachers help their students become better readers, writers, thinkers, and researchers.

          The institute is open to all South Carolina teachers in grades four through nine. A syllabus and registration form are available online at www.citadel.edu/writingproject/osi.htm.

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