Writing: Additional Training Topics

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Keys to Literacy can custom-design a writing professional development plan. We can provide training for any of the following writing topics:

A Deeper Dive with Basic Text Structures for the 3 Types of Writing: Grades 6-12

  • Alignment to state writing standards WS#1 Argument, WS#2 Informational, WS#3 Narrative
  • Text structure similarities and difference among the 3 types
  • Introductions, conclusions, and body organization for each type
  • Using transitions
  • Using models and mentor texts to deconstruct and construct text

Collaboration, Feedback, Revision: Grades 3-6 or 6-12

  • Suggestions for teacher and peer collaboration
  • Purpose of feedback
  • Keys to Literacy tools: feedback checklists and rubrics
  • Tie feedback and grading tools to writing task requirements
  • Suggestions for revision and targeted revision

Sentence and Paragraph Skill Development for Struggling Writers: Grades 6-12

  • The role of syntactic awareness in comprehending and writing sentences
  • Sentence writing activities (sentence combining, sentence elaboration)
  • Providing word lists
  • Paragraph structure
  • Patterns of organization, related transitions
  • Writing templates (paragraph and multi-paragraph)

Argument Text Structure: Grades 6-12

  • Text structure unique to argument writing
  • How to write a claim, reason, evidence, counter-claim, rebuttal
  • Transitions and bridging language used in arguments
  • Planning an argument writing assignment

Creating a Practice WAG to Plan Formal Writing Assignments: Grades 3-6 or 6-12

  • A detailed review of sections of a WAG: Set Goals, Models, Scaffolds, Feedback Process, Opportunities for Revision, Opportunities for Collaboration
  • Review multiple examples of WAGs
  • Practice generating a WAG

Looking at Student Work: Data Driven Writing Instruction: Grades 3-6 or 6-12

  • Developing a common protocol for teachers to collaboratively review student writing
  • Keys to Literacy checklists and rubrics, and their alignment to standards
  • Customizing rubrics and checklists based on assignment requirements
  • Calibration of scoring across grade levels, buildings, and district
  • How to use a rubric as a guideline of what to look for in student writing samples
  • Analyzing student work to determine instructional implications (for individuals and whole class)
  • Identifying student exemplars


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