Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long

Virtual & Interactive Workshop July 15, 2020

Innovative Ideas · Classroom-Ready Strategies


Writing Workshop

Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long Workshop

After you’ve devised a plan to launch your writer’s workshop during the first weeks of school, the next step is to plan for the rest of the year. This full-day virtual workshop will guide you through the execution 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/argumentative, informative/expository, and narrative.

Workshop details

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 a process 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.
After participating in the workshop, you will 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.

Workshop Itinerary

July 15

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. – Welcome & overview

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. – Session 1

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. – Session 2

11:15 a.m. – Noon – Session 3

12:45 – 1:00 p.m. – Mid-day recap

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. – Session 4

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. – Session 5

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. – Session 6

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. – Wrap-up

What other educators say

“I learned so much in one day that I didn’t learn in ALL my years of college! The content presented today showed me how to effectively introduce and/or spiral skills for writing to plan out writing for the school year.”

Tyneasha Banks

Literacy Coach,
Paul I. Miller School 114, Indianapolis, IN

“This will be my first year teaching 7th grade writing. Despite 22 years of experience, moving from 4th to 7th grades is intimidating. The information from this workshop gives me everything I need to develop a class that sets my students up for success.”

Tara Lawson

Grade 7 Teacher,
Northwest Middle School, McDermott, OH

“Kristina is a master teacher and dynamic presenter. She’s organized and effective at sharing useful writing instruction tips & resources!”

Max Melgarejo

Middle School Language Arts Teacher,
Latin School of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Meet your guide

Kristina Smekens

President & Lead Consultant
After learning from Kristina, you’ll feel excited and ready to apply new ideas in your own classroom. This is because she has a gift for making the complex seem simple. You will learn how to meet the needs of readers and writers by bridging the gap between education research and practical classroom-tested strategies that get results!

Workshop pricing

July 15, 2020
$149 per person

Books & online resources are free!

We will mail a *FREE copy of Launching the Writer’s Workshop: Grades K-2 or Grades 3-12 to all registrants within the United States. (International customers will receive a complimentary copy of the digital Launch book.) This popular resource is loaded with lesson plans, anchor papers, and classroom photos and includes online access to downloadable forms and handouts. (A $27.99 value!)
*Teachers who attend both the Launch and Teaching Writing All Year Long will receive one copy of the book.

Lifetime access to workshop “Secret Site”

Downloadable Lessons
Interactive Whiteboard Documents
Blackline Masters
PowerPoint Templates
Related Video Content
Links to Helpful Websites

Target audience

Teacher learning at a virtual Smekens workshop
K-6 Classroom Teachers
Literacy Coaches
Literacy Coordinators
Title I Teachers / Directors
6-12 ELA Teachers
K-12 High-Ability Teachers
K-12 Administrators

Top questions about Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long workshop

Can I earn Professional Growth Credits?
With prior approval from the attendee’s school district, participants may receive credit for 5 hours of professional development for participating in this virtual workshop. After the workshop concludes, attendees will be awarded a Certificate of Participation, which can be used to verify attendance. Visit our Continuing Education Credit page for more information about how this workshop fulfills your state’s unique continuing education requirements.
Can I earn Graduate-Level Units?
Through a partnership with University of the Pacific, workshop attendees are eligible to pursue one, two, or three nationally-accredited graduate-level semester credits/units after this virtual event. The cost of graduate-level credit ($62 per credit/unit) is separate from the cost of attending a workshop. For more information, please contact us.
What is the workshop itinerary?

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. – Welcome & overview
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. – Session 1
10:15 – 11:00 a.m. – Session 2
11:15 – 12:00 a.m. – Session 3
12:45 – 1:00 p.m. – Mid-day re-cap
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. – Session 4
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. – Session 5
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. – Session 6
3:45 – 4:00 p.m. – Wrap-up

What is the cancellation policy?

If you have a change in plans and need to cancel your registration, please submit your request to workshops@smekenseducation.com. Cancelations and a full refund may occur at any time prior to the workshop. Upon request, substitutions may also occur when the change is made in advance of the workshop.

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