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Looking for ways to ignite your students' creativity and support the generation of ideas in their writing? Writing is a very visible process as we watch words grow across a page. Brainstorming techniques, such as freewriting, mind mapping, and idea clustering, help students generate and organize their thoughts before diving into the writing process. Join Natalie Mitchell for this hands-on, interactive workshop as we explore strategies to make the writing process visible for children as a means for explicit teaching. Get ready to revolutionize your writing instruction and unlock the full potential of your students' literacy skills! Natalies’s expertise as a literacy consultant will equip you with the tools and resources you need to foster a culture of writing excellence in your classroom by incorporating scaffolds that support differentiated instruction. 

This is workshop two of three for the series titled “Explicit and Systemic Instruction in the Literacy Classroom.” 

Key Takeaways: 

  1. Explore the principles of explicit and systemic instruction in writing and how they can be applied to enhance students' writing skills across various genres and formats. 
  2. Learn practical strategies for teaching the writing process, from prewriting and drafting to revising and editing, using explicit instruction and modeling to guide students through each stage. 
  3. Discover how to integrate writing across the curriculum, incorporating writing tasks into content-area instruction to reinforce learning and deepen students' understanding of key concepts. 
  4. Gain insights into the importance of providing feedback and opportunities for revision in the writing process, fostering a growth mindset and promoting continuous improvement in students' writing skills. 

Workshop Details: 

While we recommend that you attend all sessions of the workshop series to meet the learning objectives, each workshop can be attended as a standalone. Full members will also have access to view the recordings on demand and earn up to three continuing education credits. 

Special Technology Instructions: 

Attendees will need access to an internet-enabled device and a personal Google account (not affiliated with their school). SimpleK12’s Google Classroom will be utilized for the interactive and hands-on components of this workshop.


Participants will have communication and collaboration and opportunities throughout the training to demonstrate their understanding of the workshop objectives and reflect on their learning.  

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