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Professional Development Workshops

WriteBoston offers day-long, common core-aligned writing workshops for middle and high school teachers of English, social studies, ESL, or humanities.These workshops are open to all middle and high school teachers from public, private, independent, charter, and vocational schools in any community. 

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Past Workshops: 2014-15

Effective Writing Assignments & Grading Criteria

October 24, 2014 (Friday) | 8:30AM - 3:30PM | Durant-Kenrick House | $150

Ever conceive of a writing assignment only to find that what students generated is not what you envisioned? This one day workshop will help you design clear, creative, and purposeful writing assignments and grading criteria aligned to your skill and content goals. WriteBoston’s approach to creating writing assignments makes sure

• Students know exactly what they must write and why
• Students know how they will be graded
• You don’t read the same essay 100 times

Come to this course with some ideas and or content for a new writing assignment you wish to add to your curriculum or an existing assignment you want to revise.

Teaching Argument Writing

January 14, 2015 (Wednesday) | 8:30AM - 3:30PM | Durant-Kenrick House | $150

Argument writing done well engages students with intriguing questions, critical thinking, and choice. This one day workshop will help you find authentic entry points for argument writing in your curriculum, evaluate what makes a good argument prompt, and show you the kinds of instruction that increase students’ capacity to make and defend written arguments. WriteBoston’s approach to teaching argument writing

• Pulls together “best practices” from the world of teaching writing
• Relies on teacher modeling and studying mentor texts
• Starts long before students put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard); interesting questions and rich content make the writing flow
• Deepens content knowledge
• Uses scaffolds to elicit writing rather than formulate it

Bring your curriculum maps or a particular unit to which you would like to add an argument essay.

Targeted Feedback & Revision

March 3, 2015 (Tuesday) | 8:30AM - 3:30PM | Durant-Kenrick House | $150

Every piece of writing we assign our students opens up a hundred issues we could address in feedback and mini-lessons. But we can’t spend that kind of time on each paper, and students are not likely to read more than a comment or two (if at all). Revision becomes a meaningless process unless we can make our feedback clear, pointed, and understandable to our students. (Revision also happens when students care about their writing—we’ll touch on that too.) This one-day workshop will show teachers how to give students targeted, manageable feedback so their students make purposeful revisions. WriteBoston’s approach to giving students feedback rests upon a few key principles:

• Teachers must model good writing habits for their students—including taking feedback and making revisions
• Students must be told what they are doing well
• Students cannot manage more than three areas to focus on in their revision
• Revision strategies should be actionable (instead of telling students to “develop” their ideas more, we give them a specific exercise that will do just that)

Bring three unmarked student essays with you to this workshop.