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

Lisa Klein, M.Ed.
Lisa is an experienced educator with a passion for literacy. She began her career in 1995 at the Landmark School, a school renowned for the work they do with children and adolescents with language-based learning disabilities. Throughout her career, Lisa has served as a classroom teacher, a literacy trainer, and a reading specialist, in both urban and suburban schools. Lisa presented teacher training for district-wide adoptions across the state of Florida. In addition to being a trainer with Keys to Literacy, she enjoys working as an independent writing consultant. She is also serving on the Board of Trustees for Gate City Charter School. Lisa graduated from Rivier College with a M.Ed in Reading and B.A. in Elementary Education and Special Education.