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Teaching the Qualities of Writing

Recommended Grade Level: Grades 3rd - 8th

Whether your teachers are novices or veterans, Teaching the Qualities of Writing will increase their confidence and flexibility by focusing on the key characteristics all well-written pieces share. Developed with Ralph Fletcher and Joann Portalupi, this firsthand course shows how to meet individual and whole-class needs by weaving the qualities of writing into responsive minilessons.

Teaching the Qualities of Writing informs and energizes teacher's writing instruction by:

  • examining the qualities of good writing and discovering how they effect student voice
  • offering guidance on evaluating students' writing abilities
  • demonstrating that the writing process proceeds fluidly according to student needs
  • connecting evaluation of student work to instructional planning
  • illustrating how the minilessons of Teaching the Qualities of Writing support writing workshop.

Course goals:

  • Learn that the "steps" of the writing process are fluid according to student needs, and that these needs are met through the components of a writing workshop.
  • Become comfortable with the qualities of good writing (ideas, design, language, and presentation) and learn how each quality affects voice in student writing.
  • Develop an understanding of how to evaluate writing, and learn how to determine the next teaching point based on the quality of student work.
  • For seminar pricing information, please call 800.541.2086, ext. 1402.