Keys to Content Writing

May 4, 2017
Plymouth State University
2 Pillsbury Street
Concord, NH

The Common Core literacy standards call for teachers of all subjects to embed writing instruction in content classroom teaching, especially writing from subject-area reading sources. This one-day seminar for middle school teachers and administrators will present practical suggestions for teaching the following.

  • Using daily “quick writes” to support content learning and build writing fluency
  • Teaching students to incorporate basic text structures into formal writing assignments, such as introductions, conclusions, transitions, and body organization
  • Teaching “writing from sources” skills, including: gathering relevant information from content sources into two-column notes, using a topic web to organize before writing, writing a draft from notes, and source citation skills

In addition to improving student writing skills, these instructional practices support mastery of content information as student use writing to “think on paper”. A number of resources will be provided, including teacher feedback and writing rubrics, samples of student informational and argument writing, and a writing assignment planning guide. This one-day seminar highlights several writing instruction practices from The Keys to Content Writing Routine, a professional development program authored by the presenter.


8:30 AM Registration

9:00 AM Morning Program

12:00 PM Lunch (on your own)

1:00 PM Afternoon Program

3:00 PM End of Conference


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About the Presenter

Joan Sedita is the founder of Keys to Literacy, a literacy professional development organization based in MA. For over 35 years, Joan has been an experienced educator and nationally recognized teacher trainer. She has authored multiple literacy professional development programs, including The Key Comprehension Routine, The Key Vocabulary Routine, Keys to Content Writing, Keys to Early Writing, and Keys to Close Reading. Beginning in 1975, she worked for 23 years at the Landmark School, a pioneer in the development of literacy intervention programs. As a teacher, principal, and director of the Outreach Teacher Training Program at Landmark, Joan developed expertise, methods, and instructional programs that address the literacy needs of students in grades K-12. Joan was one of the three lead trainers in MA for the Reading First Program and is a LETRS author and trainer. She is also an adjunct instructor at Endicott College and Fitchburg State College. Joan received her M.Ed. in Reading from Harvard University and her B.A. from Boston College.