It’s not by accident that the first type of writing listed in the standards is persuasive/argumentative. More than just restating information, students must know how to articulate their feelings, opinions, and viewpoints based on logical reasons and relevant evidence. However, for many teachers, this standard is an area of anxiety and weakness. After completing this course, K-12 teachers will possess dozens of lesson ideas that they can easily incorporate into their yearlong writing curriculum.
Top questions teachers ask about teaching writing units:
Kristina Smekens provides the answers to these questions and many more!
A full-time literacy consultant, Kristina has built a reputation for using enthusiasm, humor, and common sense to equip K-12 educators with practical, demystifying strategies for teaching reading and writing.
As president and lead consultant for Smekens Education, Kristina is constantly developing new strategies to help teachers meet the demands of today’s College and Career-Ready Standards. She shares those strategies with teachers across the United States and beyond through on-site school trainings, regional seminars, and an always-growing pool of print, digital, and video resources.
Kristina has a gift for making the complex seem simple— for showing teachers how to meet the needs of readers and writers by bridging the gap between education research and classroom-tested strategies that work. Well known for offering innovative ideas, Kristina has created more than 50 “Smekens Originals,” a compilation of books, guides, and classroom tools designed to help teachers implement best-practice literacy strategies. Among the most popular of these resources are her best-selling books, Launching the Writer’s Workshop: Grades K-2, and Launching the Writer’s Workshop: Grades 3-12.
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“Thank you for breaking down the standards into teachable pieces!” K. Kirk
“I finally understand the difference between persuasion and argument. That was worth the cost of admission.” Hillary Braden, Grades 6-8, New Haven Middle School, New Haven, IN
“I have a plan now to get my students on track for their writing. In the middle levels, I find that it can be difficult to find a way to scaffold without spoon feeding. Now, I feel equipped!” Cara Duensing, Grades 6-8 Language Arts Teacher, Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran School, Fort Wayne, IN
“This content will help me strengthen my students’ argumentative writing by using the steps that Kristina Smekens has provided. I learned so much more about ways to boost my students’ argumentative writing skills. This workshop is a must-go!” Sara Martin, English Grades 6-12, Clinton Prairie Jr/Sr High School, Frankfort, IN
“Having lessons and ideas that I can implement tomorrow is wonderful!” Tara Smith, English Grades 9 & 12, Clinton Prairie Jr/Sr High School, Frankfort, IN
“I will use this in my science curriculum to make learning more interesting while secretly teaching effective writing strategies!” Laura Wolf, Grade 5, Southside Elementary, Columbus, IN
“Kristina helped me set up a logical flow of mini-units to boost my writing lessons. Excellent, brilliant, helpful!” Shannon Edmondson, Grade 3, Prairie View Elementary School, Rolling Prairie, IN