After reading a complex text, students need to do something with what they learned. More than simply summarizing the text, students need to analyze and even argue the author's ideas in writing.
When you complete the course, you'll be able to:
Top questions teachers ask about Writing After a Close Reading:
Kristina 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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What teachers say about this course
"Kristina is clearly an expert in the field of reading & writing in eduction. (She) offers clear, relatable, & achievable goals for implementation. The 'secret' website is also an invaluable resource. I have a step-by-step guide to implementing close reading. I can get started right away!" Nicole Scurlock Teacher, Knightstown High School, Knightstown, IN
"It has changed the way I'm going to attack writing in my classes. More collaboration. More Frequency. Fewer drafts. Fewer grades." Libby Shogren Teacher, Wauconda Community High School, Wauconda, IL
"Kristina just takes the guess work out of everything to make it ALL make sense!" Nicki King Teacher, Union Furnace Elementary, Logan, OH
"Kristina was fantastic! She was very intentional in her approach to teaching the 6 Traits and making it interesting for all learners! I learned new and exciting strategies to improve student writing." Jenae McKnight Instructional Coach, Lake Ridge New Tech Schools, Gary, IN
"I love the way Kristina presents the information with so much enthusiasm. I love how she builds on what she's taught before." Kristen Smith Teacher, Gilmer County High School, Glenville, WV
"After 33 years of teaching, I still am drawn back into Kristina's workshops because they are research-based, standards-focused, and very interactive." Katie Cadle Teacher, Paoli Community Schools, Paoli, IN