Cultivating Strong Informative &
Argumentative K-12 Writers
During these two workshops for K-12 teachers, Kristina Smekens shares best-practice instruction for standards-based instruction on informative & argumentative writing. Whether you attend one day or two, you will leave with loads of strategies and lesson ideas that you can begin using in your own classroom right away.
Top reasons to attend this workshop:
- Just assigning students to do more writing won't improve their writing. The secret to writing success is pairing frequent writing opportunities with explicit writing instruction. Students need their teachers to break down the abstract qualities of good writing. More than telling students what to do, our writing curriculum must include a heavy dose of how to do it.
- Argumentative and informative writing are essential skills for today's students. Conveying information clearly and articulating a strong argument are among the more challenging writing skills reflected in today's standards. Kristina will provide dozens of lesson ideas to help teachers address these modes of writing with confidence.
- Students need to recognize different writing purposes. Writing to inform is very different than writing to persuade or share feelings. Students must learn the unique characteristics of the different modes of writing in order to fully accomplish writing tasks.
K-12 High-Ability Teachers
Teacher Leaders or Building-Level Coaches
Title I, Remediation, Special Education & ELL Teachers
Building or District-Level Literacy Coordinators
Elementary & Secondary Principals
Free follow-up training videos:
- Teachers who attend both days of this Informative & Argumentative Writing workshop will be given a complimentary one-month subscription to Kristina's matching videos on webPD, Writing:
- During the complimentary subscription period, teachers are encouraged to share access with every colleague in their school, allowing the entire staff to learn key concepts from the workshop.
What are teachers saying about the Informative & Argumentative Writing workshop?
“I feel more confident about teaching informative & argumentative writing. Kristina definitely breaks it down & uses her fire & passion to help teachers use these ideas in the classroom as soon as they leave the workshop.” E. Shadley
“I never realized that I really need to be conscious of how much of each type of writing I should be teaching. This workshop taught me to move away from modeling and to move toward mentoring—and gave me the great ideas to know how.” A. Vicari
“I appreciate the fact that almost every strategy presented can be used in our classrooms easily. We will teach smarter, not harder each time we implement Smekens strategies.” M. Hoffman-Wehmeier
Thanks to a partnership with the Midwest Teachers Institute, workshop attendees can earn three hours of graduate credit for just $300. These are non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (Check with your district or employers to determine their policies for pay increases.)
Registration information will be shared during the 10 a.m. break of each workshop. After the workshop, attendees have 2 weeks to apply their training hours to the program. The cost of graduate credit is separate from the cost of attending a workshop.
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