Cultivating Strong Informative &
Argumentative K-12 Writers

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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 Teachers
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

Curriculum Directors

Free follow-up training videos:

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

Graduate Credit


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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(888) 376-0448

Attend one day:

$225 (Early Bird)  |  $245 (Standard)

Attend two days:

$435 (Early Bird) | $455 (Standard)

Discounts available!

  • Register at least 15 days in advance and save!
  • For teams of 3+: Save $6 per person
  • For teams of 10+: Contact our office for a 10% savings


February 16, 2017
Professional Growth Credits

Certified educators can earn professional growth credits for attending a Smekens Education workshop. All workshop attendees receive a certificate of participation for 5.5 hours of professional development for each one-day workshop. Visit our Continuing Education Credit page to learn more.

Illinois-Specific Credit

As an approved professional development subcontractor, Smekens Education is happy to provide all Illinois teachers with state-approved professional development credit for attending the Six Traits of Effective Writing workshop.

Michigan SCECH credit
Thanks to a partnership with Madonna University, attendees may earn SCECHs (State Continuing Education Clock Hours) for attending this workshop. There is a $20 fee to process the credit, and the fee is due on the day of the workshop.

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