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Strategies! Strategies! Strategies! Strengthen Your Writing Instruction to Significantly Increase Students’ Writing Skills

(Grades 6-12)

Presented by Mary Ellen Ledbetter
National Presenter, Author and Outstanding Secondary English/Language Arts Teacher

Specifically Designed for English/Language Arts Educators Serving Grades 6-12

  • Fitting it all in – how to teach your numerous ELA requirements, achieve high-quality writing results from all your students and greatly reduce your take-home paper load
  • Practical strategies for integrating literature, grammar/mechanics and vocabulary into your writing lessons
  • Strategies to teach argumentative, expository, narrative, literary analysis, and comparison of two texts, along with exemplary student samples of each to use for teaching and modeling
  • Grammar/mechanics exercises broken into specific objectives (e.g., pronoun usage, subject/verb agreement) with easy-to-remember notes for students
  • Motivating engagement assignments that can be used as quick class starters or whole lessons

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Do you sometimes feel that you are spending more time reading and grading your students’ writing than they did before they turned it in? Do you spend hours planning to find creative ways to fit in all the skills that are now required, only to spend even more hours reading papers that are missing critical elements? If so, this seminar will turn that around! In this NEW, idea-packed seminar, you will discover how to strategically take your students to the next level of writing with daily, easy-to-use instructional techniques that will work in your ELA classroom.

Mary Ellen Ledbetter, outstanding national writing expert, will demonstrate what she has found to be successful with students in grades 6-12. She will share step-by-step student routines and lessons that seamlessly integrate writing, literature, literary concepts, grammar/mechanics, vocabulary, and interactive student rubrics. You will learn how to implement peer feedback, discussion techniques and student conferences in your class time that will give students the immediate feedback they need to revise and improve their writing on the spot. Your paper load will decrease and students’ writing skills will increase!

Join Mary Ellen for a day filled with dozens of practical and doable strategies to strengthen your writing instruction and see powerful results!

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Highly Effective Strategies to Significantly Increase Your Students’ Writing Skills
    Systematic and proven approaches for strengthening your students’ writing … Practical strategies to get powerful results while creating a productive learning environment with achievable goals for all students in your ELA classes
  2. Successfully Integrate Your ELA Objectives to Teach the Writing Skills Students are Expected to Master
    With all you have to teach, it’s hard to fit it all in – learn how you can, with a strategic plan for introducing, individualizing, practicing, and mastering writing expectations using your ELA materials and literature
  3. Reduce Your Take-Home Paper Load and Increase Student Responsibility
    How you can structure your ELA classes to give students feedback on their writing during class, grade their progress and see better results … All activities are designed to give your students the responsibility to find the missing elements in their writing and make needed revisions
  4. Argumentative, Expository, Literary Analysis, and Narrative Modes of Writing
    Exemplary student writing samples and how to use them to teach key skills … Models of writing that address prompts and provide effective development of argumentative, expository, literary analysis, and narrative writing
  5. Numerous Interactive Mini-Lessons for Grammar/Mechanics
    Specific strategies to teach students the mechanics of writing sentences and paragraphs that are clear and precise … In-class mini-lessons that are interactive and highly productive
  6. Respond to Reading Through Writing
    Literature skills sheets to teach students to apply literary concepts in their own writing … Help students better identify and apply the literary concepts you want them to use in their writing
  7. Increase Students’ Vocabulary
    Discover easy and doable ways to help students find, understand and use more sophisticated vocabulary in their reading and writing
  8. How to Effectively Use Student-Interactive Rubrics that are Much More than Mere Checklists
    Engage students in real revision using interactive rubrics that require them to prove that all elements of high-quality writing are included before they turn in their papers
  9. Strategies You Can Use or Adapt to Fit Your ELA Program
    Student-proven lesson plans that include step-by-step outlines of how to make all the pieces of your ELA fit together in a workable, doable and successful program … Includes suggestions for mini-lessons and assessment
  10. Focused Peer Feedback that Works
    ELA standards call for active class discussion that teaches students how to learn from each other … Learn a peer feedback process that really gets students involved in listening to each other, reading peer writing and giving specific feedback for improvement

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Discover timesaving strategies that will greatly increase students’ writing skills and enable you to fit in all the ELA standards you are required to teach
  • Practical, systematic and proven approaches for strengthening your writing instruction and actively engaging all your students in the writing process
  • Teach students to read and revise their writing using interactive rubrics that are much more than checklists
  • Short, easy-to-implement strategies to introduce or review literary concepts before asking students to apply their knowledge to lengthy, even more rigorous texts
  • How to use exemplary student models and analysis for all modes of writing including argumentative, expository, narrative, literary analysis, and comparison of two texts
  • Lesson plans you can use or adapt to successfully integrate all the writing skills students need
  • Strategies that will allow you more time to teach the required writing expectations
  • Conferencing strategies to give students the immediate feedback needed to improve writing
  • How you can organize your class time to fit in your ELA standards
  • Literary analysis strategies to strengthen students’ writing
  • Quick and easy mini-lessons for the literary, grammatical and vocabulary-based concepts you teach
  • Student-proven peer feedback strategies that help students revise and rewrite as they work through the writing process
  • Simple engagement assignments that can be used as quick class starters or whole lessons
  • Sample lesson plans integrating all skills complete with mini-lessons and suggestions for various ways to use the strategies in your classroom

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

English teachers across the country are faced with an overwhelming amount of content and skills to teach connected to writing, reading, grammar, vocabulary, and on top of all that, mountains of student papers to read and grade. In my work with teachers, I hear over and over, “How do I fit everything in?” I have come to believe that – quite simply – we, as teachers, are assuming too much of the responsibility. We are meant to be facilitators assisting students not only in discovering the many facets of any concept, but in synthesizing and applying that knowledge to their work. Therefore, I have developed this new seminar to help you discover how you can organize your instruction to fit more into class time, increase student responsibility, reduce your paper load, and most importantly, significantly improve student writing.

During this strategy-packed day, I will give you what I have found really works to increase students’ motivation to write and the quality of their writing. We will look at viable options for time management that will allow you to teach each aspect of ELA in a manner that will flow seamlessly from writing to literature to grammar to assessment. I will share how you can actively engage students in revising their own writing, give meaningful feedback to peers and how to grade students for inclusion of critical elements in their work, all during class time for immediate student feedback and revision.

I am excited to share with you what I have found works to greatly increase students’ writing skills in grades 6-12. Please join me and discover effective and practical strategies to help all your students improve their writing.

Sincerely,
Mary Ledbetter

P.S. I promise you will leave with practical strategies you can use immediately in your grades 6-12 ELA classes.

Who Should Attend

Grades 6-12 English/Language Arts Teachers, Classroom Teachers, Content-Area Teachers, Literacy Coaches, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

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

  • Dozens of student writing samples – argumentative, expository, literary analysis, narrative, and comparison of two texts – to use immediately as models in your classrooms
  • Motivational engagement strategies that can be used to focus your class at the beginning of periods or as entire lessons
  • New, student-friendly techniques to approach each aspect of grammar/mechanics
  • Numerous literature assignments that will enhance any short story or novel unit
  • Sample lesson plans that will help you “fit it all in”

Meet and Share
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enhancing their writing instruction to increase their grades 6-12 students ’ writing skills.

Consultation Available
Mary Ellen Ledbetter will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your writing program.

Semester Credit Option
Brandman University Logo Up to four Graduate level professional development credit are available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at this BER program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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