Help your students to become more confident and accomplished writers with evidence-based writing strategies, many of which can be easily adapted for virtual learning. Each of the four sessions will include at least two strategies, plus a brief discussion of the relevant research and its implications for teaching. Note: Participation in all four sessions is not required; each can be attended independently of the others.
- Writing Fluency Strategies: Quick Writes, Journaling, and Bio-Poems
- Pre-writing and Organizing Strategies: Graphic Organizers and Sentence Frames
- Integrating Reading and Writing: Getting the Gist and Making Predictions
- Summarizing Strategies: 3-2-1 Summary, $2 Summary, Newspaper Headlines, Six-word Memoirs
Please note: This is an online course in Blackboard that cannot be accessed from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course.
- ELA teachers, tutors, and volunteers
This professional development activity/course is designed for:
Session 1 - Thursday April 23, 2020, 1-2:30 PM
Writing Fluency Strategies: Quick Writes, Journaling, and Bio-Poems
In addition to a brief overview of relevant research on writing instruction, this session focuses on strategies that will help students reduce their reluctance to write and increase their writing fluency, including Quick Writes, Journaling, and Bio-Poems.
Session 2 – Thursday April 30, 2020, 1-2:30 PM
Prewriting and Organizing Strategies: Graphic organizers and Sentence Frames
Graphic organizers and sentence frames are effective tools for helping students plan and prewrite. This session will explore how graphic organizers and sentence frames can be used to scaffold the writing process and to teach students about text structures.
Session 3 – Thursday May 7, 2020, 1-2:30 PM
Integrating Reading and Writing: Getting the Gist and Making Predictions
Research supports integrating reading and writing instruction: writing enhances reading skills, and vice versa. Learn and practice two strategies, Getting the Gist and Making Predictions, that will help students construct meaning from text and develop their skills in written expression. Getting the Gist is an evidence-based summarization strategy that helps with both reading comprehension and writing skills: students learn to identify the main ideas and topics of a reading selection. Making predictions helps students with both critical thinking and written expression. Both strategies can be used when teaching content-area text.
Session 4 – Thursday May 14, 2020, 1-2:30 PM
Summarizing Strategies: 3-2-1 Summary, $2 Summary, Newspaper Headlines, Six-word Memoirs
Writing summaries is difficult for many students. Learn several techniques to help students master this skill.
- Complete specific writing strategies, with the goal of being able to model and teach them to others
Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to: