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Practical Strategies for DIFFERENTIATING WRITING INSTRUCTION in Your Classroom

(Grades 6-12)

Presented by Larry Lewin
Outstanding Secondary Teacher, Author and Presenter

Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades 6-12: English and Language Arts Teachers; Content Area Teachers Incorporating Writing into Their Subject Areas; Special Needs Teachers; and Gifted Education Teachers

  • Innovative ways to differentiate writing instruction to engage all the diverse levels of student readiness, interests and learning styles
  • Utilize differentiated writing strategies to help you target the writing skills identified in your state standards for writing
  • Apply the four key principles of differentiation to your writing program by increasing opportunities for more student choice, tiered writing prompts, multi-modal writing, and a variety of student groupings
  • Take your writing instructional success to the next level by examining how to manageably infuse differentiated teaching strategies into your lessons
  • Incorporate digital technology tools into student writing assignments that reflect real-world applications for written communication, increase student motivation for writing and strengthen student writing skills

Practical Ideas and Strategies

In today’s highly diverse middle school, junior high and high school classrooms, how can we differentiate writing instruction to maximize success for each student while providing the appropriate level of challenge for the struggling student as well as the high achiever? How can we, as busy teachers, incorporate differentiated teaching principles into our writing instruction? With changing student populations, how can we ensure that all students are engaged in their writing in order to acquire the key skills we are teaching through varied activities and assignments that account for individual interests and motivation?

If you are searching for practical answers to these questions, this is a seminar you won’t want to miss. In this outstanding seminar, Larry Lewin, experienced secondary teacher, presenter and author, will present the key elements of differentiated instruction as they apply specifically to teaching writing in grades 6-12. Throughout this seminar, Larry will demonstrate a variety of practical teaching strategies designed to help each of your students become more competent writers.

You’ll leave this seminar with practical and innovative teaching strategies to enhance your differentiated writing instruction, and an extensive resource handbook to help you put these ideas to work immediately in your own classroom.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Take Your Differentiated Writing Instruction to the Next Level
    Identify what you are already doing to differentiate writing instruction and what your next steps will be to advance your use of differentiation in your writing instruction
  2. Utilize Differentiated Writing Strategies to Increase Student Success with YourState Standards for Writing
    Learn how you can utilize the new national writing standards to make better informed instructional decisions for the diverse levels of student writers in your classroom
  3. Gain New Motivating Writing Prompts that Work Across the Curriculum
    Acquire new writing prompts designed to increase student interest while decreasing student anxiety for writing
  4. Learn How to Adjust the Prompt, the Audience, the Purpose, and the Mode
    Utilize simple modifications in a writing assignment that will renew students’ interest in, and energy for, writing in the content area or topic … Here’s how
  5. Discover the Best Ways to Bring New Technologies into Your Classroom
    Discover some of the best real-world technology applications to incorporate into your classroom that will facilitate and motivate academic writing in both fictional and informational text
  6. Differentiate Writing Assessment as Well as Writing Instruction
    Differentiation isn’t just for instruction; it’s also a means for assessment … By applying alternate, authentic forms of assessment, you can reduce your paper load … Timesaving tips for key targeted performance tasks with accompanying scoring guidelines
  7. Provide Increased Opportunities for Student Choice in Writing
    Draw on examples from teachers around the country on how you can incorporate more choices for your students’ writing assignments … Prompt options, mode choices, format preferences, and partner selection to promote student ownership, buy-in and enthusiasm for writing
  8. Design and Assign Tiered Writing Prompts
    Utilize an easy-to-use approach to tiering that takes into account current student writing-readiness levels … Employ a pre-assessment writing task to determine which level of complexity each student is best ready to handle
  9. Expand Writing Assignment Options by Incorporating Multi-Modal Presentations
    Discover motivating yet purposeful ways to differentiate writing tasks by incorporating the use of drawings, doodles, graphics, or video clips to support and enhance students’ writing for their intended audience and purpose
  10. Learn Multiple Methods to Flexibly Group Students
    Learn a variety of mix-and-match grouping configurations that place students into pairs, trios and groups of four depending on the stage of the writing process

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • How to keep your entire class progressing by differentiating your writing instruction to better meet the diverse needs of your students
  • Practical ways to apply the four key principles of differentiation to your writing program: student choice, tiered assignments, multi-modal activities, and flexible, temporary grouping configurations
  • How to employ the “shared-text/singular-text continuum” to balance whole-class writing assignments with a degree of individual student choices, preferences and strengths
  • Learn a variety of mix-and-match grouping configurations to boost cooperative groups and peer partners when it is appropriate
  • Utilize your state writing standards to focus your writing program
  • How to teach the writing mode “canon” – fictional/narrative, expository/informative, persuasive/argumentative modes – in new, surprising and engaging ways for even your most reluctant writers
  • New approaches to “peer editing” … Reframe “peer editing” into “peer response” … Provide solid scaffolding for helping editing partners get serious about constructively assisting each other
  • How to help emerging writers be more successful at self-editing … Proven strategies to make revisions less mysterious and more achievable
  • How to pre-determine the “essential features” – the key characteristics of any writing prompt – so that your students will clearly understand what the assignment requires of them
  • How to convert the “essential features” into a scoring device that provides a heads-up for students on what they need to accomplish as well as constructive feedback on their writing
  • Innovative techniques to guide your students to take “audience and purpose” seriously
  • Using digital technologies to expand the audience of students’ writing well beyond classroom walls
  • How to more effectively differentiate writing instruction by using “error pattern sheets” to track individual student writing needs
  • How to provide increased opportunities for your students that complement their learning style strengths by bringing in more graphic visuals to their written texts
  • Strategies to help you move beyond the standard five-paragraph essay … Instill energy and motivation into your student authors using low-stress prompts like RAFT writing, Student-to-Author Talk Backs, Student-Authored Study Guides, and an Essay with an Attitude
  • How to identify which key writing strategies are most beneficial at various stages of the writing process … How to teach them to your students to increase competence and confidence
  • Practical ways to address the challenge of students who complete assignments earlier than their classmates … Use an “anchor activity” that expands and extends the writing assignment
  • Proven techniques for conducting one-on-one student-teacher conferences using a hierarchy of questions aimed at getting the writer to clarify, expand, narrow, or reconsider a draft

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Most teachers readily agree that teaching writing to students in grades 6-12 is becoming increasingly more challenging. Teaching our students to write, and to write well, has serious challenges, given the increased diversity of student populations in most classrooms.

My goal in this seminar is to provide you with a wide variety of practical ways to incorporate the four key principles of differentiated instruction into your instructional writing program. Specifically, I want to share with you differentiated teaching techniques that:

  • Add more student choices to writing
  • Use tiered writing prompts
  • Incorporate multi-modal writing
  • Employ various grouping configurations for support in writing

Each of these key principles will be explored in detail with specific examples from secondary classrooms around the country – for you to examine, question, critique, and adapt for your classroom use.

Additionally, we will look at your state standards for writing. I want to examine these standards with you to determine how you can best use them in informing, supporting and improving your teaching of writing.

I look forward to the opportunity to work with you at the seminar.

Sincerely,
Larry Lewin

P.S. The focus of this writing seminar is not on instructional theory about differentiated writing instruction, but on practical strategies that really work with students in grades 6-12.

Who Should Attend

Educators serving Grades 6-12: Classroom Teachers; English and Language Arts Teachers; Content Area Teachers incorporating writing into their subject areas; Special Needs Teachers; and Gifted Education Teachers.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:

  • Student-written work samples from various grade levels and subjects
  • Instructions with accompanying formats for new writing prompts
  • Assessment devices that can reduce grading time and paper load
  • Reflective prompts with time to process new ideas, ponder possibilities and consider modifications
  • Peer response guidelines and activities
  • Teacher-student conference protocols

Meet and Share
This seminar provides an excellent opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in strengthening student writing abilities in their classrooms.

Consultation Available
Larry Lewin will be available at the seminar to answer questions and address the unique needs of your own writing program.

On-Site Training Guarantee

BER is not a booking agency that just finds a presenter who presents on the topic you requested. Rather, we only recommend highly experienced BER presenters who have consistently received outstanding evaluations from educators attending their trainings.

Consequently, we provide a strong program guarantee.

We guarantee you’ll be fully satisfied or you’ll owe us nothing after your on-site training event.

Bring this seminar to your school or district!