Strengthen Your Students’ MULTIPLE PARAGRAPH WRITING While You Significantly Reduce Take Home Papers to Read
Presented by Mary Ledbetter
Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades 3-6: Classroom Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Title I Teachers, Literacy Coaches, and Administrators
- Learn an easy, step-by-step process for teaching students how to write quality, multiple-paragraph pieces that require students to assume responsibility for the inclusion of key elements required in writing to strengthen organization, details and voice
- Specific daily lessons to help students build sentences and paragraphs, develop ideas, stay focused, add support and details, and revise effectively
- How to teach so students revise and edit in class with your support so you don’t take papers home to read, grade and comment on – let your students do the work!
- Dozens of mini‑lesson ideas students can immediately apply to their writing during class while you conference with students
- Displays, demonstrations and an extensive resource handbook filled with dozens of innovative writing strategies, conferencing ideas and management tips you won’t want to miss
Practical Ideas and Strategies
Are you looking for strategies to increase your students’ success when writing multiple paragraphs? Would you like to give your students the key feedback they need to improve their writing while you take home fewer papers to read and assess?
If so, you won’t want to miss this innovative, new seminar filled with practical and easy‑to‑implement strategies that will significantly improve your students’ writing of multi‑paragraph pieces and reduce your take‑home reading. Throughout the day, Mary Ledbetter will share dozens of strategies that will carry over into all classroom writing.
You will gain practical ways for using instructional, in‑class time to have students write, assess and revise their work as they progress through the writing process. Mary will walk you through a step‑by‑step strategy for breaking the writing 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 writing.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
- Practical Strategies for Helping Your Students Write
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 orally assess, during class, for each student’s daily work
- Significantly Reduce Reading Student Writing at Home
Discover how to easily determine your students’ progress in small sections of writing with students, during class … Students receive your feedback and revise their work immediately as they move through the writing process
- 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 quality sentences and paragraphs 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
- Learn a Step‑By‑Step Process to Break Down Each Paragraph
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
- 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
- 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 learning to their writing
- 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 teacher conferencing occurs … Timesaving methods of assessing what is being done … Practical, easy‑to‑use ideas you won’t want to miss!
- Demonstration of Conferencing Techniques Using Sample Student Papers
Use exemplary, on‑target 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
- Use Models and Samples of Writing to Teach Students the Key Components of Writing
See how samples or models of writing can be used effectively to teach students what good writing includes … How to teach students to read sample papers and mark for structure, voice, elaboration, word choice, and more
- 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 piece
- Stop taking piles of papers home to read and start using in‑class assessment strategies that require students to revise their work
- Specific, step‑by‑step process, not a formula, for breaking writing into manageable stages for students
- How you can catch students’ weaknesses early for on‑the‑spot, quick revisions
- 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
- 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 their writing for immediate response and grading during the process – not when they think they are done!
- Specific, twenty‑minute activities for the rest of the class while you conference with students
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
One of the most important skills a student can learn is the ability to write confidently, on their own, whether it is on 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 pieces.
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 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 student, 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 writing process. 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.
P.S. I promise you will leave with practical strategies you can use immediately with your students and will save you valuable time!
Who Should Attend
Designed for educators serving grades 3-6: Classroom Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Title I 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 and includes:
- Timesaving grading strategies so you don’t take piles of papers home to read and comment on – let your students do the work!
- 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 participants a wonderful opportunity to meet and share ideas with other grades 3-6 educators seeking practical ways to improve student writing.
Mary Ledbetter will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your writing program.
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