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Using the Four Square Writing Method to Strengthen Your Students’ Writing Skills

(Grades 1-2)

Seminar Presented by Cindy Merrilees
Outstanding National Presenter and Award-Winning Teacher

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Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades 1-2:
Classroom Teachers, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Writing Specialists, and Administrators

  • How to successfully incorporate Four Square writing into your grades 1-2 writing program
  • Ideas for making the most of your writing time using the Four Square method and format writing to greatly increase your students’ ability to put their ideas on paper in an organized way
  • Practical strategies for all your students from the reluctant writers to your more confident writers
  • Specific and ready-to-implement strategies to improve spelling in your students’ daily writing
  • Classroom-proven strategies to strengthen student writing in both daily writing and on assessments
  • Receive an extensive resource handbook to use now and for years to come!

Practical Ideas and Strategies

If you are looking for practical strategies and ideas to strengthen your writing instruction and increase the quantity and quality of your students’ writing in grades 1-2, you won’t want to miss this exciting seminar! Join national presenter Cindy Merrilees for a day filled with ready-to-use ideas to help your students become better writers while enjoying the process.

Cindy will show you how to successfully implement Four Square writing that makes planning and organizing writing easier for all your students. She will also show you how to use format writing to move your students from teacher-directed instruction to more independent writing. You will discover dozens of classroom-proven tips for organizing your writing workshop so you can make the most of the limited time available. You will learn research-based strategies to increase your students’ ability and responsibility to spell correctly and do some editing and revising on their own. In addition, Cindy will share with you numerous children’s literature titles you can use to enhance and enrich your writing instruction. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind seminar that will make your writing instruction easier and more enjoyable for you and your students.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Successfully Incorporate Four Square Writing to Strengthen Your Students’ Writing
    How to use Four Square writing to help all your students better plan, organize and put their ideas on paper … Graphic organizers and frameworks to fit all your students’ needs from the struggling to the developing writer
  2. Using the Four Square Method to Prepare Students for Writing Assessments
    Ways to help your students prepare to write to prompts on assessments … Use the Four Square method to help students plan and organize their writing and to strengthen the quality of their writing
  3. Writing Strategies You Can Use Immediately
    Use the Four Square method and format writing to help students build confidence in their writing ability and motivate them to write more …
    Practical strategies you can use immediately in your current writing program
  4. Moving Your Students to Independent Writing
    Motivating and easy-to-use ideas for moving your students from teacher-directed instruction to independent writing and providing the necessary supports they need to be successful writers … How to help them choose topics, start the actual writing and follow through to publishing
  5. Using Literature as a Springboard for Writing
    How to use children’s literature as a springboard for writing … Numerous book titles to inspire and motivate your young writers
  6. Creating a Successful Spelling Program that Works!
    Research-based strategies for implementing a comprehensive spelling program within your writing block … How to greatly improve student spelling in their daily writing
  7. Motivating Your Students to Write
    Ideas to get your students “turned on” to writing … Tips for keeping your daily writing time productive, meaningful and exciting for all your writers from the struggling to the more proficient
  8. Publishing Ideas to Enhance and Enrich the Writing Process
    Discover exciting ways to take student writing from a rough draft to publishing … How to publish individual small books and whole-class Big Books
  9. Successful Editing and Revising Ideas
    Help your students become more responsible for their own editing and revising … Use a student editing checklist to hold students accountable and encourage independence
  10. Receive an Extensive Writing Resource Handbook
    Receive an extensive resource handbook designed specifically for this seminar filled with strategies, ideas, activities, and resources you can use immediately with your students

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Discover practical strategies for using Four Square writing to help your first and second grade students better plan and organize their writing
  • Ideas for moving your students from teacher-directed writing to independent writing using the Four Square method and format writing
  • Writing ideas that work with struggling writers as well as developing writers
  • Innovative ideas for motivating your students to write more while increasing the quality of their work
  • Numerous ideas for engaging students in real writing activities that will increase their skills and motivate them to write
  • Increase your students’ ability to put their ideas on paper in an organized way using Four Square and other classroom-proven techniques
  • How to make the most of your limited writing time
  • Using children’s literature to enrich and enhance your students’ writing
  • Classroom-proven spelling strategies to help students spell correctly in their daily writing
  • Publishing ideas you won’t want to miss!
  • Organizing and managing Writers Workshop for a more productive writing time
  • Editing tips to help your students be more responsible for self-checking
  • Help students choose topics, start the actual writing and follow through to publishing
  • Use the Four Square method to help your students think through their writing and organize their ideas

A Message From Your Seminar Leader, Cindy Merrilees

Dear Colleague:

Teaching young children to write is an ever-changing and challenging, yet rewarding part of our job. Learning to write is vital to successful literacy development. How can we make writing a positive experience for all our students and truly help them make the progress of which they are capable? I have been working with first and second grade students and teachers for years and have found what works, what doesn’t work and timesaving strategies to make writing a productive and positive experience for both you and your students.

Join me and other first and second grade teachers for a day filled with practical strategies and ideas to make teaching writing easier without lowering expectations. I will share with you how to use the Four Square method to help students plan and organize their writing, format writing that will greatly increase your students’ success in independent writing, and dozens of tips and techniques to make your writing workshop run smoothly. In addition, I will show you how to hold your students accountable for spelling correctly in their daily work without adding more to your workload.

I promise you will walk away from this seminar with dozens of practical and ready-to-use strategies designed specifically for first and second grade students. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn, share and leave with writing activities that really work!

Sincerely,
Cindy Merrilees

P.S. You will also receive the extensive resource handbook I designed just for this seminar filled with the ideas, strategies and activities we will discuss throughout the day.

Who Should Attend

Educators serving grades 1-2: Classroom Teachers, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Writing Specialists, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook:
You will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:

  • dozens of writing ideas you can use immediately
  • spelling and editing strategies
  • children’s literature perfect for writing instruction
  • publishing ideas you’ll want to use with your students

Meet and Share:
This seminar provides participants the unique opportunity to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in strengthening their writing program in grades 1-2.

Consultation Available:
Cindy Merrilees will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions about the unique needs of your own 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!

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