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Strengthen Your Students’ Writing Skills
Specifically Designed for Educators Working with Students in Grades 3-6: Classroom Teachers, Reading Teachers, Literacy Coaches and Consultants, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Teachers of English Language Learners, and Administrators
- Discover specific and intentional strategies you can use immediately to teach your students the practice of CLOSE WRITING
- Practical, ready-to-use strategies, tools and templates to help students achieve grade-level writing expectations using CLOSE WRITING as your guide
- CLOSE WRITING strategies that differentiate texts and how it changes the way we teach students to learn from mentor texts
- Sample lesson plans for CLOSE WRITING to guide students toward perseverance and independence in writing
- Resources and a bibliography of print and digital sources for references, mentor texts and mentor authors you can use to teach CLOSE WRITING
- Receive an extensive resource handbook filled with classroom-ready materials and resources to make close writing an integral part of your instruction for grades 3-6 students
Practical Ideas and Strategies
Our students are expected to write at a much higher level of sophistication than ever before. This requires a higher level of revisiting and revising their writing – tasks that most students don’t want to take the time to do. There are easy-to-teach tools students can begin to use to look more closely at their writing to become purposeful writers who can communicate using the different modes of writing they are required to master. Close writing strategies are a specific set of skills and tools that you can teach your students within what you are currently doing in your writing program.
During this NEW, fast-paced day with outstanding presenter, Jacqueline Colaneri, you will learn what close writing looks like and how you can teach these strategies to develop stronger, more proficient writers. You will leave with specific “how to” steps and a wealth of ideas to make close writing happen in your classroom. This highly practical, idea-packed seminar has been developed specifically for all educators working with students in grades 3-6.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
- Practical Strategies to Teach Your Students the Practice of Close Writing
Discover specific and intentional strategies you can use immediately to teach your students the practice of close writing … Give your students the tools they need to comprehend more challenging informational text and transfer those skills to their writing
- Identify What Close Writing Is and Isn’t
Close reading is popular, but what defines it? Learn to identify and use the best practices of close writing
- Close Writing Practices to Scaffold Students to Increase Their Writing Skills
Learn how close reading affects students’ writing skills and the strategies that help students to succeed in independent writing
- View Close Writing in Context
Practical strategies to use close writing techniques during whole class, guided and independent writing … How to assess your writers’ competence
- Ready-to-Use, Close Writing Activities
Classroom-tested activities that teach students the skills needed to navigate through the writing process … Ideas and strategies to help your students become purposeful writers and take a closer look at their writing
- Create Close Writing Lessons
View developed lessons and learn to create your own for close writing to guide students toward independence … You will leave with lessons you can immediately utilize in your own classroom
- Ideas to Assess Your Students’ Ability to Apply What They Have Learned From Close Writing
Follow-up activities that will integrate reading and writing in meaningful ways and assess what your students have gained from close writing
- Learn to Use Your Own Writing for Modeling
Model how a writer thinks through the creation of a piece of writing … How to make your thinking visible to students to help guide their thought process as they write
- Ideas for Close Writing with Authors
Show students the process authors use for rereading their own writing … Ideas from popular authors that will inspire your students to write
- Receive an Extensive Close Writing Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook written specifically for this seminar that is filled with a wealth of resources, strategies and close writing lessons you can immediately use to strengthen your students’ writing
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
- Discover practical, close writing strategies that can change the way you teach writing and how students approach writing
- Specific and intentional close writing strategies you can use immediately to teach your students how to be more purposeful writers
- Practical, ready-to-use strategies, tools and templates to help students achieve grade-level writing expectations using close writing
- Stretch the limits of how students revisit and revise writing that they previously would have considered “done”
- Show students how to develop a self-extending system in which they learn to look at writing and look to learn
- Teach students to use close reading strategies on their own texts to take an authorial stance and develop new understandings of their writing
- Demonstrate how students can use close writing to internalize the sounds of our written language to create and monitor their own writing more mindfully
- Show close writers how to use techniques and traits when they envision the possibility and perceive the need in their own writing
- How students can learn from the mentors all around them, including published authors, teachers, peers, and even themselves
- Teach students to problem solve obstacles to writing stamina so that they can increase the volume of writing and purposeful practice necessary to improve
- Show close writers how to closely read (reread) and mindfully reflect to discover new things about their writing and themselves as writers
- Help students understand that revision is where possibilities become realities for their writing
- Change the way students look at and listen to their writing so they can effectively edit with consideration for their readers
- Examine how close writers use learning targets, formative assessments and feedback to help them reflect on their learning and plan next steps in their writing
- How to help close writers understand that the way they publish or present their writing can highlight the purposeful work they put into it
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
I am enthusiastic about the potential of close writing as a means of impacting students’ capacity to think about closely examining their writing. I see this potential come to life in elementary classrooms where I am privileged to explore this approach with students, stretching the limits of their thinking with close examination of their writing that they previously would have considered “done.” Now we see what students can do with their writing when they are given the tools to observe and analyze their writing, using close reading as the key to close writing.
In this practical seminar, I will share with you specific and intentional strategies you can begin to use immediately to teach your students how to be purposeful writers.
More than simply a day of fun activities aimed at enlivening your classroom, this seminar sets its sights on changing the face of your writing instruction and building on what you know and already do to launch your students toward new heights in written communication. This means acquiring new knowledge, new skills and new resources to get you there. I will provide all three of these in a practical, teacher-friendly way that engages your imagination as it informs your practice. Return to your classroom ready to take on your writing standards with close writing as a means of achieving those goals.
P.S. You will also receive an extensive resource handbook packed with ready-to-use tools that will facilitate the immediate implementation of close writing in your grades 3-6 classrooms.
Who Should Attend
Educators Working with Students in Grades 3-6: Classroom Teachers, Reading Teachers, Literacy Coaches and Consultants, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Teachers of English Language Learners, 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:
- Practical, ready-to-use strategies, tools and templates for close writing
- Close writing strategies that differentiate texts
- Sample lesson plans for close writing to guide students to independence in writing
- Resources and a bibliography of print and digital sources for references, mentor texts and mentor authors you can use to teach close writing
Meet and Share
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in strengthening their grades 3-6 students’ writing skills using close writing strategies.
Jacqueline Colaneri will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own writing program.
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