Strategies to Teach Informative Writing
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 26, 2017
Writers need to move beyond restating collected facts and details. They have to synthesize ideas in order to demonstrate a deep understanding of a topic or text within expository writing. This one-day workshop will reveal the essential instruction necessary to produce this type of informative writing.
• Dissect the informative writing standard for the unique skills to be taught at each level.
• Recognize the various genres that fall under the expository umbrella and how they can be integrated into a variety of content-area and ELA writing experiences throughout the year.
• Receive dozens of mini-lesson ideas that target the essential skills in strong expository writing.
• Learn which conventions are most relevant in expository writing.
• Understand how to mirror the simulated research-writing tasks students face on standardized assessments.
When you leave, you'll be able to...
- Incorporate frequent research writing experiences into your curriculum.
- Increase the speed at which students glean information from sources.
- Navigate the Internet more efficiently and support students to do the same.
- Move students beyond predictable introductions and summary conclusions.
- Execute a customized calendar of lessons to teach informative writing.
Teacher Leaders or Building-Level Coaches
K-12 High-Ability Teachers
Title I, Remediation, Special Education & ELL Teachers
Building or District-Level Literacy Coordinators
Elementary & Secondary Principals
Free follow-up training videos:
- Teachers who attend this Informative 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 Writing workshop?
“Excellent presentation! Lots of good, applicable information and great resources. This will be a great tool I can use to improve the writing abilities of all my students.” L. Wilson
“Definitely a must! Authentic, purposeful writing with explicit instruction.” C. Wilson
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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