Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long: Indiana

Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long: Indiana

Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long

INDIANA SESSION: July 13, 2018
Greenwood Middle School, Greenwood, IN

After you’ve devised a plan to launch your writer’s workshop during the first weeks of school, the next step is to look ahead toward the rest of the year. This full-day workshop is designed to guide K-12 teachers through the planning of a yearlong writing curriculum. This includes determining mini-lesson instruction, identifying frequent assignments, and communicating assessment feedback all within the three major types of writing— opinion/persuasive/argumentive, informative/expository, and narrative.

Workshop Topics

  • Define a “writing unit”: its length, its focuses, and its final product(s).
  • Discover how often to “publish” a final draft and how frequently students should produce first drafts.
  • Identify procedures for selecting priority writing standards to target within each writing unit.
  • Learn strategies for teaching a writing skill over multiple days to deepen student understanding and gradually release responsibility to the students.
  • Learn effective ways to integrate convention/grammar skills throughout the year.
  • Learn how to incorporate mentor text examples and kid-friendly rubrics within a unit.
  • Receive suggestions for grading student writing and assessing students’ understanding of a genre.

When you leave, you'll be able to:

  • Organize grade-level writing standards and grammar skills to be taught within any writing unit.
  • Embed the 6 Traits of Writing throughout the school year as you spiral through specific skills that are unique to each trait.
  • Speed up or slow down any writing unit to meet the needs of your writers.
  • Target isolated skills within intermittent "maintenance" mini-lessons throughout the year.
  • Assess mastery of writing skills via grades or standards-based reporting.
  • Teach writing with confidence and intentionality.

Free follow-up training video:

  • Teachers who attend Launching the Writer's Workshop will be given a complimentary one-month subscription to Kristina's matching video on webPD, Building Kid-Friendly Writing Rubrics (PK-1, 2-12).
  • 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.

Workshop Excerpts:


Target Audience

K-6 Classroom Teachers
Literacy Coaches
Literacy Coordinators
Title I Teachers / Directors
6-12 ELA Teachers
K-12 High-Ability Teachers
K-12 Administrators


“So grateful for your expertise & how you bring it all together! ” Becky Nelson, Grade 4 Teacher, Butterfield Elementary School, Lombard, IL
“Thanks for all your ideas, lesson plans, & easy-to-implment ideas. I can't wait to start using these in my classroom. My writing instruction & student achievement is going to explode!” Robin Young, Grade 5 Teacher, Hamilton Southeaster Junior High School, Fishers, IN

"This is what I wanted to see. I feel prepared and ready to jump in!" Kaitlyn Caskey, Grade 1 Teacher, John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Kettering, OH

"My writing curriculum just got the boost it needed to be effective!" Nicole Glacinski, Grade 2 Teacher, Jefferson Park Elementary School, El Paso, IL

"I am leaving this professional development energized and better prepared to help the teachers in our school system with their writing instruction. I loved every minute." Dr. Melanie Park, Writing Coach for Huntington County Community School Corporation and Huntington University Assistant Professor, Huntington, IN

Graduate Credit

Workshop attendees can earn three hours of nationally-accredited graduate credit for attending two or more of the Back-to-School workshops. Details regarding this opportunity will be available soon. Registration information for graduate credit 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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Attend one day:
$225 (Early Bird)  |  $250 (Standard)

Attend two days:
$425 (Early Bird) | $450 (Standard)

Attend three days:
$625 (Early Bird)  |  $650 (Standard)

Attend four days:
$800 (Early Bird) | $825 (Standard)


Discounts available!

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

An Introduction to Literacy Stations
Teaching Small-Group Guided Reading
Launching the Writer's Workshop

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Greenwood Middle School
1584 Averitt Road
Greenwood, IN 46143

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1180 Wilson Drive
Greenwood, IN 46143
(317) 881-0600

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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 5.25 hours of professional development for each one-day workshop. Visit our Continuing Education Credit page to learn more.