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Writing On Demand: Increasing Your Students' Success When Writing to Prompts on Writing Assessments

(Grades 6 12)

Presented by Mary Ledbetter
Outstanding Teacher, Presenter and Author

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

  • Dozens of practical strategies to help your students succeed on any writing assessment including on‑demand writing to prompts, state‑mandated assessments and open‑ended responses
  • Practical, realistic strategies to teach on‑demand writing without taking piles of papers home to grade
  • Integrate writing strategies that will carry over into your classroom writing without “teaching to the test”
  • Timesaving, in‑class assessment strategies to provide the immediate feedback your students need and give you various options to grade as students progress through the stages of their writing rather than a one‑time grade on the finished piece
  • Innovative ideas for teaching students how to address different types of prompts
  • Powerful Quick Writes you can use immediately to dramatically increase the quality of student writing

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Are you looking for strategies to increase your students’ success and motivation on writing assessments that require on‑demand writing to prompts? Would you like to give your students the key feedback they need to improve their writing while taking 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. Throughout the day, Mary Ledbetter will share dozens of strategies that will carry over into all classroom writing assignments and keep you from taking home piles of papers to grade.

You will gain practical ways for using instructional time to have students write, assess and revise their work in class as they progress through the writing process. In addition, you will receive and review countless, ready‑to‑use generic assignments 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 strategies to help your students improve their writing skills, you will also leave with a renewed energy for teaching.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Increasing Student Success on Writing On‑Demand Assessments
    Discover practical, innovative strategies to help students focus, organize and develop their ideas when writing to prompts ... Decrease student stress and increase student confidence with numerous strategies students will find easy to use and remember in their writing process ... Ideas that work for all kinds of writing
  2. Using Timesaving Strategies to Ensure No Paper Grading at Home
    Dozens of ways to use instructional time to assess and grade student work ... Easy, classroom‑proven techniques that will save you time while giving students the immediate feedback they need to improve on‑the‑spot writing
  3. Learn Five‑Minute Practice Strategies to Greatly Increase Students’ Skills and Speed when Writing to Prompts
    Learn how to incorporate quick webs that students can use as “recipes” for their writing ... When a plan is in place, students realize their ideas are already formed and the actual writing becomes something they can conquer
  4. Scaffold Your Students with Simple, Specific Methods for Determining Key Points and Sufficient Support
    Most essays do not receive exemplary grades due to lack of specific points and sufficient support … Help students learn how to determine the key points and elaboration they need in writing on demand … Strategies you can use immediately with all your students
  5. Powerful Quick Writes to Increase the Quality of Student Writing
    Implement the easiest five or ten minutes of your day with Quick Writes that give students consistent writing practice to accelerate their writing skills dramatically ... Quick Writes are designed to be integrated into any existing lesson and assessed orally with students in class, not at home by the teacher. Discover how to get students to work as hard as you do!
  6. Dozens of Meaningful Anchor Activities so You Have Time to Give Immediate Feedback to Individual Students
    Valuable timed conferencing with individual students succeeds only if the rest of the class has meaningful and graded curriculum‑based assignments they can do in class … While the rest of the class is engaged in meaningful work, you can give the valuable and necessary teacher feedback students need if they are to improve their writing and be motivated to revise their work
  7. Use New, Effective Methods of Peer Response as a Tool to Improve All Writing
    Peer response is not a luxury during test writing, but is an outstanding tool for classroom use that results in deeper revision ... With regular practice the process is internalized and carries over to on‑demand writing
  8. How to Use Student‑Interactive Rubrics to Hold Students Accountable for Revision
    Learn how student‑interactive rubrics require students to shape their writing according to specifications … Teach students how to check their writing for essential elements and revise their work to include elements not present or developed
  9. Conferencing Techniques for Immediate Feedback and to Avoid Grading Papers after School or at Home
    Engage your students in meaningful anchor activities while you mini‑conference with individual students on their writing ... Students will gain valuable teacher feedback on their writing strengths to provide them with the needed motivation to revise ... Help students avoid making the same errors again
  10. Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook packed with valuable writing strategies and techniques ... All ideas are highly practical and ready to use in your grades 6‑12 classrooms

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Practical and student‑proven strategies to teach on‑demand writing to increase achievement when writing to prompts
  • Timesaving strategies to ensure no grading at home
  • Clear, easy‑to‑implement strategies to “break down” writing assignments so students can better plan and organize on‑demand writing
  • Strategies to help students be confident they are addressing the prompt
  • Specific methods of mapping three points and supports for each in a designated time period while developing originality and voice
  • Classroom assignments that will give students needed practice in on‑demand writing
  • Increase active participation by having students read aloud pieces of their writing for immediate feedback and grading during the writing process
  • Improve students’ critical thinking skills necessary to address literary analysis questions and open‑ended responses
  • Integrate reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and allusion skills that on‑demand writing requires
  • Methods to ensure that student papers have what SAT and state assessments require – works that are full of voice and personality
  • Easy strategies for students to check for structure, points and elaboration
  • How to get students serious about peer feedback
  • Implement methods for students to monitor their time during on‑demand writing assignments
  • Practice using student‑interactive rubrics that hold students accountable for inclusion of important writing requirements
  • Models for all modes of writing used in on‑demand writing
  • Ways to ensure successful papers without burning out students and teachers alike by “teaching to the test”

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, in all forms of writing whether it is on formal writing assessments or classroom writing assignments. Our goal, as educators, is to give students the ability to write independently when necessary.

After all, like good parents, we want our students to become self‑sufficient. It’s like watching them take off on their bicycles down the driveway without the assistance of training wheels and without our running behind them in case they fall. This seminar will give you the tools you need to strengthen your instruction of writing to help increase your students’ achievement and independence on all writing assessments.

During our day together, I will share dozens of strategies and techniques I have used successfully with students in classrooms across the country to increase their ability to write to prompts, plan and organize their writing, revise where necessary, and monitor their time during timed writings. You will discover easy ways for students to check for proper structure and elaboration without sacrificing voice in their writing. I will provide you with specific assessment strategies that will ensure you don’t take papers home to grade. Grading will take place in class.

On‑demand writing strategies will greatly increase your students’ success on formal writing assessments. After this seminar, 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 numerous 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.

Who Should Attend

Educators serving grades 6‑12: Classroom Teachers, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Teachers, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive Mary Ledbetter’s extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar and includes:

  • Timesaving grading strategies
  • Tips and methods to help students write to prompts
  • Examples of student‑interactive rubrics
  • Student samples of writing you can use in your teaching
  • Examples of Quick Writes you can use immediately

Meet and Share
This seminar provides participants a wonderful opportunity 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 to answer questions regarding 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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