Keys to Content Writing: Grades 4-8
This professional development presents instructional practices for three kinds of writing tasks: Quick Writes, Content Learning Tasks, and Formal Writing Assignments. The training includes sentence and paragraph skills, patterns of organization, writing introductions and conclusions, writing from sources, and how to use writing to learn content. The format is a facilitated online course combining online course modules with live, virtual meetings. The bulk of your learning will take place from the content of the online course. During the live virtual meetings, the trainer will be available to answer your questions about the content in the online course and pose questions to help you plan how to incorporate the teaching strategies in your classroom.
The following topics are covered in this training:
- Review of research-based best practices for teaching writing in Grades 4-8
- Expectations of state 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
About the Format
This is a facilitated online course that combines our online course with four, weekly, hour-long virtual meetings facilitated by a KTL trainer (using Zoom Meeting). Total time to complete the training is approximately 18 hours (4 hours live meetings, 14 hours online course). The Keys to Content Writing online course is organized into modules that include interactive activities, readings, and video clips that enable you to master the content and instructional practices. Each week you will complete 1 to 2 modules – you may log in at any time to work through the modules at your own pace. During the live virtual meetings, the trainer will be available to answer your questions about the content in the online course and pose questions to help you plan how to incorporate the teaching strategies in your classroom. The live virtual meetings are scheduled every Thursday from 6:30-7:30PM (Eastern) on these dates:
- March 11, March 18, March 25, April 1
Registering for this training assumes that you will attend the four, live virtual meetings. However, in case you miss a meeting due to extenuating circumstances, the meetings will be recorded for later viewing.
The last virtual meeting will be on April 1, but you will have access to the online course for a year.
Each course registration comes with a training book that will be mailed to the address you include when you register. PLEASE NOTE that there may be a delay in shipping your book if you do not register with the correct mailing address.
*Registrations received after March 19 cannot be guaranteed a book in time for the training.
Who Should Participate
Grades 4-8 classroom teachers of any subject, educators who provide support to struggling readers, literacy specialists and coaches, and administrators.
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