Keys to Content Writing Instruction for Grades 3-6

Keys to Literacy Event

This Keys to Content Writing two-day professional development focuses on teaching students in grades 3-6 how to write in all subject areas. Participants learn best practices to address the writing requirements of Common Core standards, including frequent writing in all content areas that includes short and longer writing tasks.

Training Description

The training presents instructional suggestions for the skills required for three kinds of writing tasks: Quick Writes, Content Learning Tasks, and Formal Writing Assignments. Specific skills for text structure at the sentence, paragraph, and longer text levels are addressed for writing opinion, informational, or narrative pieces, as well as skills needed to write from sources. Participants receive sample writing templates, graphic organizers, and checklists that are included in the 320-page training book.

Topics Covered:

  • Review of research-based best practices for teaching writing in Grades 3-6
  • Expectations of the Common Core writing standards
  • Stages in the writing process (THINK, PLAN, WRITE, REVISE)
  • Ideas for using quick writes to learn content and practice writing skills
  • Sentence and paragraph writing skills
  • Patterns of organization and related transitions
  • Text structures specific to opinion, informational, and narrative writing (i.e., introductions, conclusions, body development)
  • Writing from sources, including gathering relevant information into notes
  • Suggestions for differentiation and scaffolds to meet the needs of struggling writers
  • How to use a Writing Assignment Guide (WAG) to plan writing tasks that incorporate best instructional practices
  • Feedback and revision checklists and rubrics

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Who Should Participate

Grades 3-6 classroom teachers, educators who provide support to struggling readers, literacy specialists and coaches, and administrators.


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Date and Location Number of Attendees to Register
November 20-21, 2019: Bedford, MA
-1 available

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June 1-2, 2020: Rowley, MA
-1 available

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