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Writing and the Common Core State Standards

Zaner-Bloser is pleased to offer the free, three-part webinar series, Writing and the Common Core State Standards.

Each hour-long webinar will focus on one of the Common Core State Standards text types (narrative, informative/explanatory, and argument or opinion), examining how the Standards and approaching assessments are shaping writing instruction for the featured text type.

Webinar #1: Narrative October 30 - Registration is open
Webinar #2: Informative/Explanatory November 30  
Webinar #3: Opinion or Argument January date coming soon  


Webinar #1

A Question Worth Answering: How Do Common Core State Standards and Next-Generation Assessments Define Exceptional Narrative Writing Instruction?

October 30, 3:00–4:00 PM EDT

The adoption of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and coming implementation of next-generation assessments are standardizing the three types of writing students need to practice and master—narrative, informative/explanatory, and argument or opinion. But how exactly do the CCSS and next-generation assessments define narrative writing in particular?

During this hour-long webinar, former literacy coach and instructional specialist, Scott Miller, will delve into how the new standards are impacting narrative writing instruction and provide you with actionable strategies you can take back to the classroom to prepare your students to excel with the new standards.

  • Learn the relationship of the CCSS to the traits of writing.
  • Contextualize narrative writing within the CCSS-defined writing process.
  • Examine a prototype narrative task from a next generation writing assessment.
  • Analyze and discuss a student-writing model of narrative.
  • Learn, practice, and apply one specific instructional strategy for narrative writing.

Registration is free. Sign up today and invite your colleagues to join!

Not able to attend? Register, and we’ll send you a link to the recording.

Webinar Speaker

Scott Miller, M.Ed., Curriculum Design, National University
Senior Instructional Consultant and Contributing Author, Strategies for Writers ©2013

Scott has taught students in all grade levels, Kindergarten through 12. He holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. He has served as a literacy coach, an instructional specialist, and as a coordinator of writing instruction.

While employed with Clovis Unified School District, Scott worked with many dedicated administrators and teachers to help establish the “Buchanan Area Writing Project.” The Project successfully articulated a process-based, trait-specific model for writing instruction among nearly three hundred teachers in nine area schools.


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