Writing After a Close Reading

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Writing After a Close Reading

After reading a complex text, students need to do something with what they learned. More than simply summarizing the text, students need to analyze and even argue the author’s ideas in writing.

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Workshop details

Topics covered:
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 persuasive, argumentative, informative, and narrative writing.
Reiterate the importance of juggling multiple texts, including print, digital, video, and visual texts.
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 in order to draw comparisons and synthesize multiple ideas.
When you complete the workshop, you’ll be able to:
Assemble text sets (2-4 texts) on a common concept or theme to make new and significant after-reading inferences.
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.
Teach students how to take notes and cite evidence from videos and visuals.
Top questions teachers ask about teaching writing units:
What are the different types of writing tasks that follow a close-reading experience?
How do I teach students to incorporate both textual evidence and explanation of how their evidence supports their thinking?
Where can I find writing prompts that I can customize to fit my unique texts, but that also mirror the tasks students will face on state and national standardized assessments?
What do “good” written responses look and sound like? Where can I find examples?
Learn the answers to these questions and many more!

What other educators say

“It has changed the way I’m going to attack writing in my classes. More collaboration. More Frequency. Fewer drafts. Fewer grades.”

Libby Shogren

Wauconda Community High School, Wauconda, IL

“I love the way Kristina presents the information with so much enthusiasm. I love how she builds on what she’s taught before.”

Kristen Smith

Gilmer County High School, Glenville, WV

“After 33 years of teaching, I still am drawn back into Kristina’s workshops because they are research-based, standards-focused, and very interactive.”

Katie Cadle

Paoli Community Schools, Paoli, IN

Target audience

Grades 2-12 Teachers
Literacy Coaches
Literacy Coordinators
Title I Teachers & Coordinators
ELL Teachers & Coordinators
High-Ability Teachers
Principals & Assistant Principals
Curriculum Directors

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Top questions about on-demand workshops

What is included with my registration?

60-day access to the workshop
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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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