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Strengthen Students' Writing of MULTIPLE PARAGRAPH ESSAYS While You Significantly Reduce Take Home Papers to Read

(Grades 6-12)

Presented by Mary Ledbetter
Outstanding Teacher, National Presenter and Author

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Specifically Designed for English/Language Arts Educators Serving Grades 6-12: Classroom Teachers, Content Area Teachers, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Staff, and Administrators

  • Learn a process, not a formula, for teaching students how to write quality, multiple-paragraph essays that require students to assume responsibility for the inclusion of key elements required in a paper to strengthen structure, voice and elaboration
  • Scaffold students as they write clear, focused and original multi-paragraph essays – lessons you can adapt to your needs and content
  • Gain specific daily lessons to help students break down multi-paragraph essays into manageable chunks for developing their ideas, staying focused, adding support and details, and revising effectively
  • Discover how to help your students strengthen their writing while reducing your take-home papers to grade
  • Dozens of mini-lesson ideas students can immediately apply to their writing during class while you assess individual students for daily grades

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Are you looking for strategies to increase your students’ success when writing multiple-paragraph essays? Would you like to give your students the key feedback they need to improve their writing while you take home fewer papers to grade? If so, you won’t want to miss this innovative seminar filled with practical and easy-to-implement strategies that will significantly improve your students’ writing of multi-paragraph essays and reduce your take-home reading and grading of piles of essays.

Throughout the day, Mary Ledbetter will share dozens of strategies that will carry over into all classroom writing assignments. You will gain practical ways for using instructional, in-class time to have students write, assess and revise their work in class as they progress through the writing process. Mary will walk you through a step-by-step strategy for breaking the essay into manageable pieces that students can handle with greater success. In addition, you will receive and review countless, ready-to-use generic assignments, lists of twenty-minute, meaningful writing activities your students can do during class, and assessments that will fit right into what you are teaching.

Not only will you leave this seminar with a wealth of new ideas and specific methods to help your students improve their writing skills, you will also leave with a renewed energy for teaching. Don’t miss this interactive day with Mary Ledbetter!

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Practical Strategies for Helping Your Students Write High-Quality, Multiple-Paragraph Essays
    Learn dozens of ready-to-use strategies to help your students strengthen the quality of their writing and become active, in-class participants in revising and editing their own work … How you can give grades in class for each student’s daily work that saves you from taking papers home to read and grade
  2. Significantly Reduce Reading and Grading Essays at Home
    Discover how to easily determine your students’ progress in small sections of writing with students … Students receive your feedback and revise their work immediately rather than tackling the entire piece at once in isolation
  3. Catch Students’ Weaknesses Earlier in the Writing Process
    How to catch a student’s loss of focus, lack of support or poor structure before it’s too overwhelming to fix … Use student-proven strategies to teach key elements of the essay to help students write in stages so you can give feedback earlier when there is time to revise … Promote an “I-can-do-it” attitude for students
  4. Learn a Step-By-Step Process to Break Down the Multiple-Paragraph Essay
    You and your students will feel success when working on “bite-size” pieces to write, revise and assess … How to focus students on particular strengths and weaknesses while their writing is in the rough draft stage
  5. Innovative Mini-Lessons in Mechanics and Grammar
    Practical ways to use mini-lessons throughout the writing process to teach grammar within the context of student work … How to base mini-lessons on the predominant errors as segments of papers are being orally assessed
  6. Significantly Increase Students’ Active, In-Class Participation with Daily Engagement Strategies
    Use practical engagement strategies that correlate with specific daily lessons to teach and reinforce writing skills … Learn methods to ensure that students are engaged … These strategies require students to immediately apply the strategies to their writing
  7. How to Keep the Rest of Your Class Focused While You Conference with Individual Students
    Specific, meaningful activities that the rest of the class can do individually or with a partner while conferencing occurs … Methods of assessing what is being done … Practical and easy-to-use ideas you won’t want to miss!
  8. Demonstration of Conferencing Techniques Using Sample Student Papers
    Use exemplary papers to model your expectations … Learn how to raise the bar on papers that don’t meet expectations and help students further develop their ideas, details and supporting material
  9. Use Models and Samples of Essays to Teach Students the Key Components of Writing
    See how samples or models of writing can be used effectively to teach students what quality essays include and what incomplete pieces lack … How to teach students to read sample essays or papers and mark for structure, voice, elaboration, word choice, and more
  10. Participate in a Hands-On Experience in Directed Writing
    Practice assessing, revising and conferencing using real writing … Various methods of peer response strategies will be demonstrated … Take-home strategies you can use immediately in your classroom to strengthen student writing

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Practical and student-proven strategies to teach your students how to effectively write a multiple-paragraph essay
  • Stop taking piles of papers home to grade and start using in-class grading strategies that require students to revise their work
  • Specific, step-by-step process, not a formula, for breaking down multi-paragraph essays into manageable stages for students
  • How you can catch students’ weaknesses early for on-the-spot, quick revisions resulting in a better essay
  • Ways to teach students to take ownership of their own work
  • Use interactive strategies that require students to participate in reading, revising and editing their writing in class in order to receive credit and daily grades
  • Ready-to-use strategies to raise the bar on essays that don’t meet expectations
  • Increase students’ confidence in writing by demonstrating the process
  • Clear, easy-to-use strategies students can use to check for structure, support and elaboration as they proceed through the writing process
  • Increase active participation by having students read aloud parts of their writing for immediate response and grading during the process – not when they think they are done!
  • How to get students serious about peer feedback
  • Break down the process of multiple-paragraph essays so you can respond and grade along the way
  • Student-interactive rubrics that are much more than checklists
  • Demonstrations of conferencing techniques using exemplary, on-target pieces
  • Specific, twenty-minute activities for the rest of the class while you conference with students
  • Strategies to ensure no grading at home
  • Practice using student-interactive rubrics that hold students accountable for inclusion of key writing components

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

One of the most important skills a student can learn is the ability to write confidently, on their own, whether it is for formal writing assessments or classroom writing assignments. Our goal then, as educators, is to give students the ability to write independently when necessary. This seminar will give you the tools you need to scaffold your instruction of writing to help increase your students’ confidence and independence when writing multiple-paragraph essays.

This seminar will take you through every aspect of a typical week’s writing, focusing on new, student- and teacher-friendly strategies to teach multi-paragraph essay writing, which can transfer to other areas as well. The key is simple, one that will motivate students, empower them and prove to even the most reluctant writers that they can be successful. What makes this seminar unique is that teachers will experience firsthand what their students should be expected to accomplish at every stage of the process in order to meet and exceed expectations. The lessons will demonstrate time-management strategies and methods to keep students on target. I will address the what-to-do-first questions, the “guts” of a “normal” day, and the what-if-this-happens situations with which all teachers at one time or another are confronted.

After our day together, you will no longer have to wonder what the best strategies are to teach your students to increase their skills as writers. You will have samples of actual student writing to use as teaching tools with your students, and you won’t be taking home papers to grade!

I hope you will join me for a fast-paced day filled with ready-to-use ideas, strategies and techniques that will motivate your writing instruction and save you hours of grading and planning time.


Mary Ledbetter

P.S. I promise you will leave with practical strategies you can use immediately with your students and eliminate taking home piles of essays to read and grade!

Who Should Attend

Designed for English/Language Arts educators serving grades 6-12: Classroom Teachers, Content Area Teachers, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Staff, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

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

  • Timesaving grading strategies so you can leave students’ papers at school
  • Step-by-step writing process, not a formula
  • Activities for students while you conference one-on-one
  • Examples of student-interactive rubrics
  • Student samples of writing you can use in your teaching

Meet and Share
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and  share ideas with other grades 6-12 educators seeking practical ways to improve student writing.

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

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