Empowering Writers

Workshop Options

Expository Writing

This workshop is intended for teachers of students grade 2 and above, or any teacher responsible for teaching expository writing.  Come away with specific lesson plans with clear objectives that will empower you to:

  • understand a variety of expository writing challenges: informational essay/report, the “how to” piece, compare contrast
  • explore opportunities for analyzing the organizational structure of the expository essay
  • learn specific strategies for crafting strong introductions with attention-grabbing leads create clear, concise topic sentences
  • generate a number of broad yet distinct main ideas
  • write a variety of powerful supporting details
  • construct conclusions in which main ideas are creatively restated
  • receive powerful exemplars of expository writing for classroom use

Expository & Opinion Writing: Essays, Reports, Response To Text

This workshop is intended for teachers of students grades 2 – 8, or any teacher responsible for instructing students how to respond to text in writing, and to present information in the form of expository paragraphs, reports, and essays. Come away with specific lesson plans with clear objectives that will empower you to:

  • Provide rigorous, close reading strategies for annotating complex texts
  • Explore opportunities for analyzing and summarizing the organizational structure of a variety of texts.
  • Learn specific strategies for crafting strong introductions and conclusions.
  • Generate a number of broad yet  distinct main ideas.
  • Write a variety of powerful supporting details.
  • Support ideas through relevant evidence and rich vocabulary.
  • Respond to a variety of informational writing challenges: essay/report, response to text, the “how to” piece, compare/contrast and literary analysis tasks.
  • Provide students with clear strategies for responding to text with confidence and skill.

Narrative Writing

This workshop is geared for any teacher responsible for teaching narrative writing with a focus on grades 2-7. Understand the key characteristics of narrative writing as well as a proven, practical, research-based methodology that works in the real world of the classroom! Come away with specific lesson plans with clear objectives that empower you to:

  • understand the characteristics of a range of narrative types of stories: character/problem/solution, personal experience, imaginative, realistic fiction
  • explore the reading-writing connection
  • learn specific strategies for writing entertaining beginnings
  • write relevant, vivid elaborative detail
  • build suspense
  • develop fully-elaborated main events
  • craft satisfying extended story endings
  • receive powerful exemplars of narrative writing for classroom use
  • address the personal experience narrative

Narrative Writing – Literary Analysis Tasks

This workshop is geared for educators in grades 3-7 (Grade 2 – welcome to attend for an overview), responsible for teaching narrative writing and for engaging students in literary analysis tasks in response to narrative stories and literature. Besides learning how to teach the key narrative writing skills, participants will receive practical techniques for response to text tasks. Skills for generative and responsive writing will include:

  • establishing a strong reading-writing connection
  • recognizing the characteristics of narrative texts: character/problem/solution, personal experience, imaginative, realistic fiction
  • understanding key literary elements: theme, point of view, tone, plot, voice, conflict, motivation
  • writing entertaining beginnings
  • generating relevant, vivid elaborative detail
  • building suspense
  • developing fully-elaborated main events
  • crafting satisfying extended story endings
  • responding to literature by writing about story theme, point of view, tone, plot, voice, conflict, motivation
  • engaging in narrative extension tasks by assuming another point of view, alternate setting, or ending

Editing & Revising

Empowering Writers will provide the “how” for delivering direct instruction in revising and editing. Take the mystery out of grammar, mechanics, and spelling by attending this action-packed training. Come away with so much more than just “skill and drill!” This workshop is geared for any teacher responsible for teaching editing and revising with a focus on grades 3 & 4.

Participants will:

  • Understand the parts of speech and how they are truly the building blocks of language!
  • Learn effective strategies for revising run-on sentences, eliminating redundant ideas, and using  transition words and phrases!
  • Explore hands-on-activities designed to make learning grammar fun!
  • Take away powerful test-taking strategies that produce savvy test-takers!
  • Simplify spelling to guarantee student SUCCESS!
  • Receive classroom sets of student books that address both the readiness and supporting TEKS covered on the STAAR!
  • Learn how to plan and pace instruction across the school year.

K-1 Writing

This workshop is geared for teachers of kindergarten and grade 1, language arts specialists, and administrators.  Participants will learn how to:

  • Examine the developmental stages of writing
  • Explore the reading-writing connection
  • Use literature and informational texts as a jumping off point for instruction
  • Identify genre and purpose
  • Recognize critical elements of narrative, informational, & opinion writing
  • Teach age-appropriate summarization skills
  • Share the power of vivid elaboration
  • Introduce games for vocabulary development
  • Recognize and build suspense
  • Apply age-appropriate research skills

Argument Writing

This workshop is intended for teachers responsible for teaching argument writing. Understand the key characteristics of argument writing as well as a proven, practical, research-based methodology that works in the real world of the classroom! Come away with specific lesson plans and clear objectives that empower you to explore opportunities for analyzing the organizational structure of the argument essay, learn specific strategies for crafting strong introductions with attention-grabbing leads and powerful claims, understand both sides of an issue, the pros and cons, recognize and refute the alternative point of view, create clear, concise supporting reasons and more!

*All workshops require the corresponding book which should be purchased with your registration. The required guide is available in print or digitally with a license to the Hub.

Can any of these workshops be presented onsite for your school?

YES! We conduct onsite training for thousands of educators every year. To learn how this or any of our other training can be tailored to meet your district’s needs, just call 1-866-285-3516.