Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long

Learn Powerful Strategies to Spark Your Writing Instruction

on-demand WORKSHOP

Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long

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 course is designed to guide 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 or writing — opinion/persuasive/argumentative, informative/expository, and narrative.

How to get started

Workshop Videos
Progress through each of the workshop videos at your own pace.
Strategies that Work
Receive classroom-ready tips and tricks to improve your instruction.
Every Student
Implement what you learned in your own classroom right away!

Workshop details

Topics covered:
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 complete the workshop, 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 a 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.
Top questions teachers ask about teaching writing:
How do I find time in my daily schedule for writing?
How does a MS/HS teacher fit reading, writing, and grammar all into one class period?
How do I integrate my writing standards within my writing units?
How do I decide which skills I need to teach for each unit?
How many times should students write in the same genre?
How does grammar instruction fit into the writer’s workshop?
How often should I offer free-choice versus prompted writing?
How can I grade/assess their writing more efficiently?
Learn the answers to these questions and many more!

What other educators say

“Everything presented has been applicable to my kindergarten classroom, and I can already feel my confidence as a writing teacher growing! It makes so much sense!”

Meredith Wolff

Camden Primary School, Camden, OH

“I can’t wait to organize my units & utilize the yearlong calendar. What a terrific resource.”

Laura Florek

James B. Eads Elementary School, Munster, IN

“For the first time ever, I’m excited about writing in my classroom. After this training, I have tools I need to be more effective so that my students can be more successful.”

Miranda Yonts

North Washington Elementary School, Springfield, KY

Target audience

K-12 Classroom Teachers

Literacy Coaches
Literacy Coordinators
Title I Teachers & Coordinators
ELL Teachers

K-12 Gifted & Talented Teachers

Elementary Administrators

High School Administrators

Pricing and group rates

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Top questions about on-demand workshops

What's included with your registration?

60-day access to the workshop
5+ hours of dynamic workshop content
Digital copy of Launching the Writer’s Workshop: K-2 or 3-12 ($24.99 value!)
Lifetime access to classroom-ready digital resources

Once I register, when does my access start?
Immediately! Once you register and submit payment, you will be redirected to the workshop page which contains all the videos included in your workshop enrollment.
How long do I have access to the workshop?
Once you enroll in the online workshop, you can access the content for 60 days. The self-paced format means you determine how fast or slow you move through the workshop.

Your workshop registration also comes with lifetime access to exclusive digital resources in the “Secret Site” that accompanies this workshop. Here you’ll find classroom-ready worksheets and blackline masters, along with videos and articles to take your learning further. Teachers love the way the “Secret Site” helps them implement what they learn in the workshop.

Can I share my workshop with colleagues?
Sorry, online workshop sharing is not allowed. Our Terms of Use specify that one registration fee allows access for just one person. However, we are happy to offer group discounts. Give us a call at (888) 376-0448 to get the details.
Can I get continuing education credits?
Most likely! With prior approval from your school district, participants may receive credit for up to 5 hours of professional development for completing each of the workshop videos. A Certificate of Completion is provided to participants when they complete all aspects of the workshop. For possible Illinois-approved credit, please contact our office.
Can I earn graduate-level units for this workshop?

Thanks to a partnership with the University of the Pacific, educators who complete each of the videos in a webAcademy workshop are eligible to pursue 1, 2, or 3 graduate-level units. (Graduate-level units cost is separate from registration fees. Units are $62 each.)

Graduate-level units offered through the University of the Pacific are non-degree units which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (These are post-baccalaureate professional development semester units of non-degree graduate level and are not applicable to a degree at University of the Pacific.) To learn more, contact us by email or call (888) 376-0448.

What if I'm unhappy with the workshop?
We would never want you to be unhappy! That’s why every online workshop comes with a 100% money back guarantee. We are convinced the simple and effective strategies will transform the way you teach so we stand behind this workshop with full confidence. If you aren’t satisfied, contact me within the first ten days of your purchase, and I will give you a refund immediately. There are no additional forms to fill out, and there will be no delay. Just call (888) 376-0448 and ask for Brady or email me directly. We believe so strongly in this online workshop that we give you our personal promise of a speedy, hassle-free, no-questions-asked, total and complete refund.

Brady Smekens
Director of Professional Development
Smekens Education Solutions, Inc.

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