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Interactive, Modeled and Shared Writing:
Powerful Lessons to Increase the Writing Skills
of Your Emergent and Developing Writers

(Grades K-2)

Presented by Cheryl Sweeney
Outstanding Teacher and International Presenter

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Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades K-2

  • Powerful, research-based ideas and activities that reinforce and extend your K-2 students’ writing skills
  • Interactive, shared and modeled writing ideas to help your early, developing and fluent writers expand and explore skills and strategy instruction
  • Highly practical writing techniques & strategies which will help support all your students from the emergent writers to the most proficient
  • Displays, student examples, video clips of writing instruction in action, plus a comprehensive resource handbook packed with lessons, activities, ideas and research strategies just for your K-2 students

Practical Ideas and Strategies

This seminar has been designed to explore and share writing strategies and techniques for today’s diverse primary classroom. Are you unsure about the difference between shared writing, interactive writing and modeled writing?  Would you like sample lessons and ideas to increase your students’ writing skills? If so, this seminar is for you! Cheryl Sweeney will present powerful lessons that you can use immediately in your K-2 classroom.

The focus will be on practical ways to set up, organize and keep your writing program appropriate for the most emergent writer to the most proficient. Many samples of activities and complete lessons will be shared as well as student samples available for you to view. You will leave with many practical, classroom-tested writing activities, which will provide a wide range of writing opportunities for your students in whole group, small group and individual settings.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Utilize the Best, Most Current Writing Strategies
    Learn how to make the most of your writing program by including interactive, modeled and shared writing practices in your K-2 classroom
  2. Develop Powerful Writing “Craft” Lessons
    Take advantage of current research and new ideas for strengthening your K-2 students’ writing skills … Strengthen your students’ writing abilities with powerful modeled lessons
  3. Motivate Reluctant Writers Through Modeled Writing Techniques
    Discover how to provide support for the unmotivated and struggling writers in your classroom … Numerous modeled, interactive and shared writing ideas for mini-lessons, conferencing, small group instruction, and assessments to help your students write with more confidence
  4. Maximize Your Teaching Time During Your Writing Block
    Make connections from read-alouds, shared reading books and guided reading lessons that carry over to modeled writing, shared writing and interactive writing lessons
  5. Utilize Highly Effective Writing Strategies With Small Groups
    A wealth of specific interactive mini lessons for your K-2 students will be shared as well as ideas to organize and manage small writing groups that need extra support
  6. Share the Pen with Shared Writing Techniques
    Share the pen with your students as you model and demonstrate effective writing techniques … Help both your emergent and beginning writers develop the necessary skills for writing success
  7. Introduce Mentor Authors and Mentor Texts to Strengthen Students’ Writing Skills
    Effectively utilize mentor texts to teach voice, details, beginnings, endings, organization, word choice, and other key writing conventions
  8. Explore Ways to Use Flexible Grouping Strategies to Work with Shared Writing Groups
    Ideas, and procedures to provide quality teacher contact and promote independent writing
  9. Update Your Writer’s Workshop With Highly Effective Ideas for K-2 Classrooms
    Newer, innovative ideas for helping students extend their written pieces, revise their work and increase the quality of their final products … Tips for keeping the rest of the class on-task while conferencing with small groups or individual students
  10. Easy-to-Use Ideas for Organization, Record Keeping and Assessment
    Timesaving ideas that allow you to see what your students know and move them forward in their writing progress … Ideas and procedures to provide quality teacher contact and ways to identify a student’s writing strengths and weaknesses

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Encourage and support ELL, reluctant and emergent writers through interactive, modeled and scaffolded instruction
  • Build a successful writing curriculum, which contains the key components for a balanced language arts program
  • Use whole group instruction time to build writing confidence … Modeled, shared and interactive writing techniques, lessons and samples will be shared
  • Employ proven ideas on how to strengthen the use of writing traits with your K-2 students
  • Set up, manage and assess interactive writing groups … Incorporate practical interactive and modeled writing strategies into your writing program
  • Motivate and extend student writers through effective mini-lessons that meet the needs of all your students, from emergent to proficient
  • Reinforce phonemic awareness and phonics skills during modeled, shared and interactive writing lessons
  • Celebrate the writers in your classroom in a variety of ways which will continue to motivate and excite them throughout the year
  • Use writing centers to help extend and review strategies as well as free you up to conference with individual writers
  • Explore many hands-on, practical, teacher-proven ideas, techniques and strategies to support and enrich your K-2 writing program
  • Use story maps, webs, and graphic organizers with your emergent and developing writers
  • Improve students’ reading skills through their writing
  • Use published pieces to teach writers’ craft and have your students begin to “read like writers”
  • Build a teacher resource notebook, which will connect writing mini lessons with your students’ favorite literature
  • Conference with confidence and support all your writers from the earliest to the fluent
  • Help reluctant, ESL or struggling writers by scaffolded writing activities
  • Use current research and apply that knowledge to practical writing instruction for diverse K-2 populations
  • Integrate whole group, small group and independent writing times to build a strong foundation for writing

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Writing in a K-2 classroom should be a joyous experience, yet far too often it is just the opposite. How many of us have been frustrated by trying to meet the writing needs of a very diverse population of students? It is currently the norm to have children who are struggling writers, beginning writers, developing writers and fluent writers all in the same room, and let’s not forget our ELL and special needs students. To make matters more challenging, many teachers have never been given training in teaching children writing skills! The question arises, “How can we meet the needs of all our young writers, excite and motivate them, while providing a solid foundation for writing?” This seminar has been specifically designed to address that question and provide possibilities, which are research based yet practical. You will leave this seminar with the tools to build a strong balanced writing program for your very busy classrooms.

Over the past 34 years I have worked with many, many kindergarten, first and second grade students in the area of writing and have learned so much from all of my experiences. I must be truthful with you; writing was not one of my strengths as a “new” teacher, and I don’t recall much in the way of training in this area. (Sound familiar?) Like all teachers, I gained knowledge by working with children. I was left on my own to find out what worked and why, and then build upon successful experiences. Slowly, over time, I learned how to build a strong foundation for writing, began to understand the need for a balanced reading and writing program, and with help from experts in the field and in the schools I worked in, worked hard at developing my expertise in this area. I can now say with confidence, “I love writing and so do my students!” I am excited to share the successes and strategies that have worked for me. I want your students to feel the joy and excitement that every good writer feels!

During this seminar, I will present ways to build a balanced writing program from the ground up, starting on the first day of school. We will discuss the differences between interactive, modeled and shared writing. I will model how to help your students “read like writers” and incorporate your craft lessons into their own writing. You will learn ways to help your reluctant and struggling writers as well as techniques and strategies for gifted and fluent writers. Most importantly, the ideas I will share are based on current, best practice research, but the focus will be on how we can use these ideas in the real world of teaching!

I look forward to sharing many wonderful writing strategies with you and promise you’ll leave energized, excited and ready to write with your students!

Cheryl Sweeney

P.S. There will be lots of student samples and displays, so don’t forget your cameras!

Who Should Attend

Educators serving Grades K-2.

Special Benefits of Attending

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

  • Easy-to-implement writing lessons
  • Student writing samples and blackline masters
  • Simple ideas to motivate students to become better writers
  • Management and organizational ideas for integrating writing throughout your busy day

Meet and Share
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in increasing the writing skills of their emergent and developing writers.

Consultation Available
Cheryl Sweeney will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own 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.

Bring this seminar to your school or district!

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