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Next Generation Writing in the Content Areas—Grades 4–8

This topic is designed to provide strategies for increasing students’ proficiency in writing in the content areas. Participants will learn how to manage the six traits of writing within the writing process to produce the text types required for next-generation assessment of the new standards. Teachers will discover effective strategies for helping students elaborate, clarify, and organize their ideas as they write about content-area topics. They will then experience a wide variety of trait-specific, process-based writing strategies to support mastery of content standards. These strategies will enable all teachers to manage this instruction, regardless of experience or expertise in teaching writing. Working with partners and groups, participants will incorporate their learning into authentic content-area writing lessons of their own.

Topic Number PD28

Writing to Communicate: Using the Six Traits in the Writing Process

This topic will explore the traits and their relationship to the writing process. Participants will learn a wide variety of writing strategies to support mastery of the new standards and will address trait management using supplied exemplar models and genre-specific rubrics, focusing on argument, informative/explanatory, and narrative writing. This topic also teaches participants how to use technology to promote student interaction and collaboration with others.

Topic Number PD14

Writing to Meet the New Standards

Participants will focus on helping students meet rigorous writing standards and achieve the writing sophistication needed to be college and career ready by doing a good deal of their own writing in this topic. The facilitator will provide strategies and activities that students can use to write argument, informational/explanatory, and narrative pieces that are clear and coherent; to develop writing using the writing process and technology; to conduct research, gather relevant information, and draw evidence from texts to support position; and to gain stamina to write for extended periods of time.

Topic Number PD3

Developing Young Writers

In the early stage of literacy development, children write more and more, and as a result, they learn more about both encoding (spelling) and decoding (reading). In this topic designed for K–2 classroom teachers, reading coaches, curriculum specialists, and administrators, we will explore the interconnectedness between the reading and writing processes and ways teachers can help children: (1) further develop their alphabetic knowledge as they learn how to spell new words and develop strategies to write unknown words; (2) acquire correct use of language conventions, such as punctuation marks and uppercase letters; (3) learn how to reconstruct their experiences and concepts about the world around them; and (4) expand their writing to include varying genres and text formats.

Topic Number PD37

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