Structured Word Inquiry as Leverage for Teaching Concepts and Vocabulary in Secondary Subject Areas
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Structured Word Inquiry as Leverage for Teaching Concepts and Vocabulary in Secondary Subject Areas
Presented by: Peter Bowers
Monday, June 27, 2022 | 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Session Location:
Virtual Online, Any location, AB GET DIRECTIONS
About the Session:

Pre-Session Content 

Participants are required to complete an On Demand Learning Opportunity prior to attending this live session. The On Demand content includes the previously recorded sessions of Peter Bowers modeling two lessons with junior high students and demonstrates how to use lessons from the book to support vocabulary learning. You will receive a link to the PDF document of the OnDemand Recordings in your registration confirmation email.  Please view these recordings prior to attending the live learning opportunity.

Live, Online session - 

In this session, Peter Bowers draws on topics in two model lessons with junior high students. Participants will learn how to use lessons from the book to fuel on-going teacher and student learning about how to investigate the spelling-meaning connections in word families to support vocabulary learning. Participants will learn how to work with the matrix and word sum and to start using them for words of their own choosing.


NRLC will be offering two follow-up sessions in the 2022-23 program year.  To register for these offerings, please go to: 

About the Presenter(s):
Peter Bowers

Pete Bowers, Ph.D., is a teacher, researcher, author, and founder of WordWorks Literacy Centre. Pete taught Grades 3-6 for 10 years before earning his Ph.D. from the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University. His research and practical work with schools and educational groups has been pivotal in transforming how teachers, tutors and students around the world understand English spelling. Instead of putting up with a frustrating system full of exceptions, the structured word inquiry (SWI) community understands that investigating the spelling-meaning connections in words is not only rich literacy instruction -- it is a rich context for leveraging learning about any subject. His teacher resource book, Teaching How the Written Word Works expands on the lessons of his vocabulary intervention (Bowers & Kirby, 2010) which found generative vocabulary learning for the experimental group, and introduced the term “structured word inquiry.” His workshops have taken him to Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and North America.

Catering is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment.
Photography Release:
This is a public event with the likeliness of photo/video throughout the day. By attending, participants understand they may be captured in photo or video for future presentations or promotional material development. Please see conference hosts if you prefer to not be photographed.

Registration Fee:



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Grade Level:

7-12/7 à 12

Registration Notes:

Participants are required to have a copy of “Teaching How The Written Word Works” by Peter Bowers (Copy of the book is included with the registration fee)Participants are asked to read,  prior to attending the session.

If you have a copy of the book by Peter Bowers, use coupon code, IHAVETHEBOOK

This learning opportunity is for only for participants who reside within the province of Alberta.