Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long

Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long

Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long

INDIANAPOLIS, IN | December 14, 2018

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 full-day workshop is designed to guide K-12 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 of writing— opinion/persuasive/argumentative, informative/expository, and narrative.

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 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 leave, 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 any writing 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.

Free follow-up training video:

  • Teachers who attend Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long will be given a complimentary one-month subscription to Kristina's matching video on webPD, Building Kid-Friendly Writing Rubrics (PK-1, 2-12).
  • 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.

Workshop Excerpts:

Target Audience

K-6 Classroom Teachers
Literacy Coaches
Literacy Coordinators
Title I Teachers / Directors
6-12 ELA Teachers
K-12 High-Ability Teachers
K-12 Administrators


“So grateful for your expertise & how you bring it all together! ” Becky Nelson, teacher at Butterfield Elementary School, Lombard, IL

“Thanks for all your ideas, lesson plans, & easy-to-implment ideas. I can't wait to start using these in my classroom. My writing instruction & student achievement is going to explode!” Robin Young, teacher at Hamilton Southeaster Junior High School, Fishers, IN

"This is what I wanted to see. I feel prepared and ready to jump in!" Kaitlyn Caskey, teacher at John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Kettering, OH

"My writing curriculum just got the boost it needed to be effective!" Nicole Glacinski, teacher at Jefferson Park Elementary School, El Paso, IL

"I am leaving this professional development energized and better prepared to help the teachers in our school system with their writing instruction. I loved every minute." Dr. Melanie Park, writing coach for Huntington County Community School Corporation and Huntington University Assistant Professor, Huntington, IN

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Date & Location:


December 14, 2018

Also available ONLINE
Self-paced / On-demand
K-2 | 3-12

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 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.


11313 USA Pkwy
Fishers, IN 46037
(317) 558-6060

Lodging Recommendation:
Hilton Garden Inn

9785 N by NE Blvd
Fishers, IN 46037
(317) 577-5900

To secure discounted room rate, visit the customized Smekens Education link and make reservations at least 30 days in advance.


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.