Secondary Writing Instruction Institute

It’s writing time and your students aren’t interested – but you have to teach argumentative writing. What to do?

At our Secondary Writing Institute you’ll learn how to create authentic student engagement and consistent, meaningful writing instruction. Let our expert writing teachers show you how to address your novice writers’ needs by helping them meet the expectations for academic writing.

Our hands-on practice will help you walk away with classroom-ready materials that you can use across the content areas of ELA, Social Studies, and Science.

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Writing Institute

Curriculum Overview

The workshop will cover:
•    social and cognitive issues that may influence students’ writing development
•    how to approach pedagogy for novice writers from crafting assignments, providing feedback, improving grammar, and scoring assessments.
•    The focus of the institute will help you integrate writing into existing curricula and promote scoring practices that will not increase the workload. Integration of the Common Core State Standards in ELA, Social Studies, and Science will also be covered.

Sample Courses

Coursework will include:

  • Examining novice writers in secondary classrooms
  • Novice students’ constructs of “good writing”
  • Varied writing opportunities
  • Critical reading for depth and complexity
  • Rhetoric and the writer’s choice
  • Argument in the disciplines
  • Integrating disciplinary theory to engage and develop novice writers


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