Writing After a Close Reading

Writing After a Close Reading

Writing After a Close Reading

After reading challenging texts, students need to be able to do something with what they learned. More than simply summarizing the text, students need strategies and support to develop analytic and argumentative skills when writing about their reading.

Training Topics:

• Provide opportunities for appropriately rigorous tasks that include brief constructed responses and longer extended responses.
• Identify complex tasks that target a variety of purposes, including informative, narrative, and argumentative writing.
• Reiterate the importance of multi-text reading and ways to incorporate print, digital, video, and visual texts into the classroom curriculum.
• Target multiple ways for students to remember key details and record their inferences while reading, so they can reference that evidence after reading.
• Acquire strategies for teaching students to make text-to-text connections after reading multiple texts.

When you leave, you’ll be able to:

  • Teach students how to take notes and cite evidence from videos and visuals.
  • Create various after-reading tasks that require evidence-based responses.
  • Show students how to use their during-reading annotations to support their after-reading writing.
  • Assemble text sets (2-4 texts) on a common concept or theme to make new and significant after-reading inferences.




2-12 Classroom Teachers
2-12 Content-Area Teachers
2-12 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 video:

  • Teachers who attend this Close Reading workshop will be given a complimentary one-month subscription to Kristina's matching video on webPD, Reading: Writing After a Close Reading (K-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.

What are teachers saying about the Writing After a Close Reading workshop?

“I have a step-by-step guide to implementing close reading & writing after close reading. I can get started right away!” Nicole Scurlock, teacher at Knightstown High School, Knightstown, IN

“What a refreshing way to spend my day! I always leave a Smekens workshop revived and excited for the next school day. Can't wait to implement these strategies with my kids.” Brianne Hannah, teacher at Richard Allen Academy III, Hamilton, OH

“Wow! The writing we will do!” Jodie Pulciani, teacher at Madison Elementary, Lombard, IL

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Dates & Locations:


December 12, 2018
Planning & Facilitating a Close Reading
December 13, 2018
Writing After a Close Reading

Also available ONLINE
Self-paced / On-demand

Discounts available!
  • Register at least 15 days in advance and save $20!
  • For teams of 3+: Save $6 per person.
  • For teams of 10+: Contact our office for a 10% savings.

What's included in the registration fee?

Beyond a day of dynamic instruction, attendees also receive a full-color packet of materials and private access to exclusive web resources.

NOTE: Lodging fees and tuition for graduate credit are not included with registration.

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.

Cancellations & Substitutions
Cancellations occurring 10 days or more prior to the workshop will result in a refund, minus a $50 service fee. Cancellations occurring less than 10 days prior to the workshop do not qualify for any refund. Substitutions may occur at any time.


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Graduate Credit

For an additional fee, attendees may earn one, two, or three nationally accredited graduate-level university credits for attending this workshop. These non-degree credits are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (Check with your district for approval prior to making a commitment.) More information will be shared at the workshop.