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Overview: 

Learn and practice tools for helping your students to write a constructed response, and for creating an environment that supports ALL learners in becoming successful writers through differentiating your writing instruction.

Audience: 

This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Teachers with at least a basic understanding of the CCR Standards for ELA.
Description: 

Current shifts in standards as well as the revised high school equivalency tests require students to cite evidence when writing constructed responses. In this professional development offering, you will explore strategies for helping your students move from novice to competent writers, respond to different text types, and master the steps involved in writing constructed responses.

You will also learn practical strategies to differentiate instruction and help ALL your students increase their writing performance. We will explore how principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can help diverse learners to meet with success in writing, and discover how providing options for the ways that students access and engage in learning can motivate them to reach their writing potential.

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish between text types and their uses (with an emphasis on argument writing)
  • Help your students to achieve college and career readiness by teaching them how to write a strong thesis statement or claim, and discuss the use of evidence to support those claims
  • Define the principles of differentiated instruction (DI) and UDL
  • Identify the benefits of incorporating DI and UDL principles into writing instruction
Prerequisites: 
Date: 
03/15/2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Location: 
Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center, Room PAFEC 401
206 Maple St.
Holyoke, MA
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Topic Area: 
ABE
College and Career Readiness
ELA