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Strategies and Structures for Teaching Writing


Developed by Jennifer Serravallo
Based on the PD resource, The Writing Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Writers
Recommended Grade Level: Grades K - 8th

Drawing from Serravallo's The Writing Strategies Book, this seminar will help participants to understand a variety of writing genres and modes, writing process, behaviors, skills, and qualities of good writing.

Then, participants learn how to go beyond writing checklists and tips that tell writers what to do, and instead learn how to craft explicit, clear strategies that show children how to do it. We will also explore effective feedback and prompts to coach writers as they practice strategies for their goals.

In the final portion of the day, participants will learn about different methods of teaching (types of individual conferences and small groups) to flexibly respond to students and their needs. Through hands-on activities and video examples of Jen teaching in real classrooms, participants will leave equipped to bring strategies to life in their own rooms right away.

Course goals:

  • To understand how to use formative assessment information to find appropriate goals for each writer
  • To craft explicit, clear strategies
  • To coach and prompt writers, and provide feedback as students practice strategies

For seminar pricing information, please call 800.541.2086, ext. 1402.


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