Sentence structure knowledge consists of knowing syntax, the rules that govern sentence building. Spoken and written language are enhanced when students acquire the skills of sentence structure and learn to manipulate, change, and elaborate sentences to make them more complex. In addition to allowing students more opportunities to participate in complex classroom discussion, explicit syntax instruction plays a vital role in reading comprehension and written language.

Attendees will learn what explicit syntactic instruction looks like in kindergarten, the Syntax Project Grades 1 through 6, and implications for writing using The Writing Revolution, a writing program created by Judith Hoffman and Natalie Wexler.