Essential Lessons to Accelerate Student Writing
STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING WRITING
Target the Essential Skills Per Writing Unit
During a year when accelerated learning is the goal, it’s important to prioritize writing instruction so that the most essential K-12 skills are the foundation of a writing curriculum. This requires more than just showing strong examples and assigning writing topics. Students need explicit, skill-based instruction that demonstrates how to incorporate the most critical, genre-specific ingredients into their own first-draft writings.
Using the college and career-ready writing standards as the foundation, this workshop for K-12 teachers will identify the core writing skills to teach per unit.
What you will learn
- Embed content, text evidence, and topic-specific vocabulary accurately.
- Explain and elaborate on information stated.
- Recognize the different ways to organize information depending on the writing purpose or prompt.
- Move beyond predictable introductions and summary conclusions.
Craft instruction for powerful persuasives and sophisticated arguments appropriate for primary, intermediate, and secondary classrooms. Teach students how to:
- Align with a side based on positional proof—rather than personal preference.
- Identify reasons to support a position with evidence and elaboration.
Target the non-negotiables of any narrative writing unit. Whether students write in pictures or in paragraphs, they need instruction that:
- Prioritizes the two required elements of every story—a problem and a solution.
- Reveals how to generate read-write narratives that align with the expectations of standardized tests (e.g., rewrite the story from a different character’s viewpoint).
Each session of this workshop will offer numerous lesson concepts, student writing samples, digital resources, and specific instructional points. In addition, every session will include direct connections to the 6 Traits of Writing—emphasizing the significance of the traits of ideas, organization, and conventions.
Whether you assign topics or students choose them, whether your students write multiple paragraphs or draw a single picture with letter labels, this four-part series will identify the top-tier instructional priorities to plan into any writing curriculum.
Who should attend?
Groups of 10+
Groups of 25+
Lifetime access to the workshop “Secret Site” featuring:
Ready-to-go Digital Resources
A completion certificate acknowledging 5 hours of professional development when educators complete all four parts of this workshop series by December 9, 2021.
A full-color downloadable handout to accompany each session.
On-demand access to all workshop videos through November 10, 2022.
The option to pursue up to three hours of graduate-level credit for the purpose of license renewal or salary advancement. (This is available, for an additional fee, to attendees who complete this workshop within 30 days.)
Three reasons to attend this workshop:
When it comes to instructional time, every minute counts.
Make your time count by prioritizing your writing instruction to address gaps and accelerate learning.
Explicit teaching gets results.
Standards and resources tell you what to teach, but in this workshop you’ll learn how to teach each essential skill.
Strong writers perform better on standardized assessments.
Preparing students for the challenging read-write tasks they will encounter on state and national assessments requires instruction on how to convey comprehension in a written response.
Meet Your Guide
What educators say about Smekens workshops
“I love how simple you made the concept of tying writing into the other subjects. It makes so much sense!”
4th Grade Teacher, Our Lady of Hungary – South Bend, IN
Teacher, Clinton Central HS – Michigantown, IN
Principal, Simmons Elementary School – Versailles, KY
2nd grade teacher, Jefferson Park School – El Paso, IL
Teacher, Latin School of Chicago – Chicago, IL
Saint John’s Lutheran School – Marysville, OH
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I earn Professional Growth Credits?
When you complete all four parts of the workshop series by December 9, 2021, you’ll receive a completion certificate acknowledging 5 hours of professional development.
Can I earn Graduate-Level Units?
Attendees have the option to pursue up to three hours of graduate-level credit for the purpose of license renewal or salary advancement. (This is available, for an additional fee, to attendees who complete this workshop within 30 days.) Visit our Graduate-Level Credit page to learn more.
Can I share access with my colleagues?
Do you offer a group discount?
Yes! For groups of 10 or more, contact us for special pricing and arrangements.
What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellations may occur at any time and a full refund, minus up to 5% transaction fees, will be paid.
Substitutions may occur at any time. If you need to cancel your registration, please submit your request to email@example.com.