Writing After a Close Reading

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.



  • Provide opportunities for appropriately rigorous tasks that include brief constructed responses and longer extended responses.
  • Identify complex tasks that target a variety of purposes, including persuasive, argumentative, informative, and narrative writing.
  • Reiterate the importance of juggling multiple texts, including print, digital, video, and visual texts.
  • Target multiple ways for students to remember key details and record their inferences while reading, so they can reference that evidence after reading.
  • Acquire strategies for teaching students to make text-to-text connections in order to draw comparisons and synthesize multiple ideas.

When you complete the course, you'll be able to:

  • Assemble text sets (2-4 texts) on a common concept or theme to make new and significant after-reading inferences.
  • Create various after-reading tasks that require evidence-based responses.
  • Show students how to use their during-reading annotations to support their after-reading writing.
  • Teach students how to take notes and cite evidence from videos and visuals.

Top questions teachers ask about Writing After a Close Reading:

  • What are the different types of writing tasks that follow a close-reading experience?
  • How do I teach students to incorporate both textual evidence and explanation of how their evidence supports their thinking?
  • Where can I find writing prompts that I can customize to fit my unique texts, but that also mirror the tasks students will face on state and national standardized assessments?
  • What do "good" written responses look and sound like? Where can I find examples?

Kristina provides the answers to these questions and many more!


Your Instructor

Kristina Smekens
Kristina Smekens

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.

You are welcome to contact Kristina directly:



Contact Smekens Education toll free:

(888) 376-0448

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


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course can begin at any time.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrollment, students have access to the content for 30 days. You determine how fast or slow you want to progress through the course during this time.
Can I share my course with colleagues?
Sorry, course sharing is not allowed. Our Terms of Use specify that one registration fee allows access for just one person. However, we are happy to offer group discounts. Give us a call at (888) 376-0448 to get the details.
Can I get continuing education credits?
Most likely! With prior approval from your school district, participants may receive credit for up to 5 hours of professional development for each course. A Certificate of Completion is provided to participants when they complete all aspects of the course.
Can I earn graduate credit?
Thanks to a partnership with the Midwest Teachers Institute, educators who enroll in two eligible webAcademy courses simultaneously can earn three hours of nationally-accredited graduate credit for just $375. These are non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. Contact Brady Smekens, Director of Professional Development, for details, (888) 376-0448.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are not satisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 10 days, and we will give you a full refund.
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