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Speaking Topics

  • Teaching students to write opinion and argument pieces
  • Implementing writing conferences that immediately lift the level of student writing
  • Welcoming revision: Helping students become better at revising their writing
  • Using writers' notebook exercises (in argument, information, and narrative writing) as springboards for short writing projects

Speaker Profile

Karen Caine is the author of Writing to Persuade: Minilessons to Help Students Plan, Draft, and Revise and a writing workshop consultant who works with upper elementary, middle, and high school teachers from across the country.

Karen taught for 15 years New York City schools before becoming a district staff developer and an instructor at summer institutes such as the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Summer Institute. She served as the Director of Curriculum at private school in Atlanta and taught in the Masters in Teaching Program at Oglethorpe University. She is a frequent presenter at NCTE, Literacy for All, ASCD, and other national conventions.

In her presentations and classroom work, Karen gives teachers practical information and teaching strategies. The majority of her work focuses on:

  • helping teachers design clear, rigorous, and engaging lessons
  • teaching teachers how to have strong writing conferences that immediately lift the level of student writing
  • showing teachers how to help students become better at revising their writing.

Karen specializes in working with teachers in informational and opinion writing.

Grades: 3–8


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