Online Workshop:
Strategies to Teach Informative Writing

Online Workshop:
Strategies to Teach Informative Writing

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A completion certificate is available for download at the end of the workshop,
but you do not have the flexibility to jump ahead in any video segment.
No completion certificates are awarded at the end of the workshop, but you have the flexibility to jump ahead in any video segment.
Strategies to Teach Informative Writing $140

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.


  • 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 this workshop, you will 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?

Kristina Smekens provides the answers to these questions and many more!


What teachers say 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

When does the workshop start and finish?

The workshop can begin at any time.

How long do I have access to the workshop?

After enrollment, students have access to the content for 30 days. You determine how fast or slow you want to progress through the workshop during this time.

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 each workshop. A Certificate of Completion is provided to participants when they complete all aspects of the workshop.

Can I earn graduate credit?

Thanks to a partnership with the Midwest Teachers Institute, educators who enroll in two eligible webAcademy workshops simultaneously can earn three hours of nationally-accredited graduate credit for just $375. Strategies to Teach Argumentative Writing is the corresponding workshop for Strategies to Teach informative Writing. (To earn graduate credit participants must select the “Verified View” enrollment option.) Graduate credits offered through MTI are non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. Contact Brady Smekens, Director of Professional Development, for details, (888) 376-0448.

What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are not satisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 10 days, and we will give you a full refund.

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