Strategies to Teach Informative Writing

Writers need to move beyond restating collected facts and details. They have to synthesize ideas in order to demonstrate a deep understanding of a topic or text within expository writing. This engaging online workshop will reveal the essential instruction necessary to produce this type of informative writing.


Step 1

a Viewing Option

Pick between "Verified" and "Flexible" viewing options.
Step 2

Strategies that Work

Watch the on-demand videos at your own pace.
Step 3

Every Student

Implement what you learned right away!



Topics covered:

  • Dissect the informative writing standard for the unique skills to be taught at each level.
  • Recognize the various genres that fall under the expository umbrella and how they can be integrated into a variety of content-area and ELA writing experiences throughout the year.
  • Receive dozens of mini-lesson ideas that target the essential skills in strong expository writing.
  • Learn which conventions are most relevant in expository writing.
  • Understand how to mirror the simulated research-writing tasks students face on standardized assessments.

When you complete the workshop, you'll be able to:

  • Incorporate frequent research writing experiences into your curriculum.
  • Increase the speed at which students glean information from sources.
  • Navigate the internet more efficiently and support students to do the same.
  • Move students beyond predictable introductions and summary conclusions.
  • Execute a customized calendar of lessons to teach informative writing.
Top questions teachers ask about teaching writing units:
  • How many different types of writing should I plan to teach in a year?
  • There are so many writing skills I could teach; which ones are most important?
  • How do the 6 Traits fit into the different writing units?
  • Is argumentative writing really all that different from persuasive writing?
  • What is a "short research project" as stated in the writing standards?
  • How do you teach students to stop plagiarizing in expository writing and omit the words I and you in argumentative writing?
  • How can my writing instruction prepare students for the skills they need when writing about their reading on standardized assessments?
  • How can I incorporate informative and argumentative writing into my subject-area learning?
  • How do you wean students off dependence on the teacher to hand-hold them through the writing process/unit?
Learn the answers to these questions and many more!

What teachers are saying about this workshop:

“As a K-6 literacy coach, I was provided with numerous ideas that can be applied at ALL the grade levels I work with.”
Kelly Bachewicz, literacy coach at Bristol Bay Elementary School, Yorkville, IL

“This will change the way I teach!”
Hollis Babbles, middle school humanities teacher at Sacred Heart Schools, Chicago, IL

“Anyone who has students write research papers should attend this workshop. Teaching writing is not just the job of the English teacher.”
Heidi Polizotto, world language department teacher at Hobart High School, Hobart, IN

“Loved the lesson planner—great tool for practical implementation.”
Justin Rentschler, sci-tech teacher at Dekalb Middle School, Waterloo, IN

“Very well presented, instantly applicable & usable with my students. The handouts & secret site are fabulous! The ‘vision’ for teaching writing is developmentally appropriate & so much more manageable than the traditional model of teaching one style of writing at a time.”
Elizabeth Napier, ELL teacher at Livonia Public Schools, Livonia, MI

“My weakest area is informative writing. This presentation has encouraged me to go back and inspire my students to be better at citing and researching. I learned so much about me as a teacher! Things I’ve forgotten about like SLOWING down, modeling more, only producing products over what we are teaching now!”
Amy Swafford, teacher at Monrovia Middle School, Monrovia, IN

Frequently asked questions:

Once I register, when does my access start?

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?

How long do I have access to the workshop?

Once you enroll in the online workshop, you can access the content for 30 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. 

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Can I share my workshop with colleagues?

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?

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 each workshop. 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.

Note: A Certificate of Completion is only provided when you complete the Verified View option for this workshop. 
Can I earn graduate-level units for Strategies to Teach Informative Writing?

Can I earn graduate-level units?

Graduate-level credit for Strategies to Teach Informative Writing
Thanks to a partnership with the University of the Pacific, educators who enroll in a webAcademy workshop can earn 1, 2, or 3 graduate-level units. (To earn graduate-level units, participants must select the "Verified View" enrollment option. 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 am unhappy with the workshop?

What if I am 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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  • Teams of 15+: Call us at (888) 376-0448 for custom pricing.

What's included with your registration?

  • 30-day access to the workshop
  • 5+ hours of dynamic workshop content
  • Lifetime access to classroom-ready digital resources
Target Audience
  • K-12 English / Language Arts Teachers
  • Literacy Coaches / Coordinators
  • Grades 6-12 Social Studies & Science Teachers
  • Title I Teachers / Directors
  • ELL Teachers
  • High-Ability Teachers
  • K-12 Principals & Assistant Principals

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