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One-Day Workshop:
The Units of Study in Opinion, Information and Narrative Writing, Grades 3-5

Presented by Lucy Calkins

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For Grades 3-5: The Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grades 3-5, Presented by Lucy Calkins

Special Note: A concurrent workshop is being presented on the same day in the same location for Grades K-2.

The series that helped hundreds of thousands of educators revolutionize their primary and intermediate writing workshop instruction offers the grade-specific support for which teachers have been clamoring. Building on the best practices and proven frameworks in the original Units of Study for Teaching Writing series, this series by Lucy Calkins and her colleagues from the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University, offers grade-by-grade plans for teaching writing.

In these workshops, teachers and administrators will learn about both overarching plans and precise details of writing instruction that is essential, both across years and grades, to help students not only reach but exceed high writing standards. As part of these workshops, you'll learn about the Units of Study curricula designed by Lucy and her colleagues, and the ways the series addresses the current expectations in writing instruction.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn to teach opinion, information, and narrative writing with increasing complexity and sophistication;
  • Explore the importance of weaving in engaging mentor texts to foster a strong reading/writing connection;
  • Discover new practices that create opportunities for your students to write across the curriculum; and
  • Unpack writing frameworks and state standards so you can better guide students to meet and exceed high expectations.

About the Presenter

Lucy Calkins is the Founding Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, and the Robinson Professor of Children's Literacy at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she codirects the Literacy Specialist Program. She is the author or coauthor of many books, including the Units of Study in Opinion/Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grades K-8 series; and Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement, which was on the New York Times education bestseller list.

About the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project

For more than thirty years, the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project ( has been both a provider of professional development to hundreds of thousands of educators and a think tank, developing state-of-the-art teaching methods and working closely with policy makers, school principals, and teachers to initiate and support school-wide and system-wide reform in the teaching of reading and writing.

Who Should Attend?

Teachers, staff developers, coaches, and administrators at school and district levels grades 3-5.


8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M.


The cost of this workshop is $249.00 per person. If you register 3 or more participants at the same time the cost is $239.00 per person.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

10/26/2017 - West Des Moines, IA

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Availability: Available When: 10/26/2017 Where:
Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel
1800 50th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Closest Airport: Des Moines International Airport

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