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  1. video thumbnail for Fine-Tuning Sentences: Grades 2-4

    December 22, 2015

    Fine-Tuning Sentences: Grades 2-4

    Helping elementary students revise their sentences to create more fluent writing is the focus of this session. Aside from revealing several practical strategies for achieving sentence fluency, Kristina Smekens also models two separate mini-lessons from actual classrooms that focus on “supersizing” sentences and “hearing” punctuation.

  2. video thumbnail for Developing Pictorial Writing Skills: Grades PK-1

    December 22, 2015

    Developing Pictorial Writing Skills: Grades PK-1

    Writing instruction in the youngest grades begins with pictorial writing. With an emphasis on the trait of ideas, Kristina Smekens identifies numerous writing skills to teach early in the school year. In addition, view two full-length mini-lessons executed with kindergartners.

  3. video thumbnail for Teaching Informative Writing: Grades 6-12

    December 22, 2015

    Teaching Informative Writing: Grades 6-12

    In this video, learn the six essential skills Kristina Smekens deems necessary for strong informative/expository writing. This includes developed and organized information sandwiched between an effective introduction and conclusion. Watch two wholeclass mini-lessons where Kristina models how to write a thesis statement and how to weave powerful description between facts.

  4. video thumbnail for Teaching Persuasive Writing: Grades 2-6

    December 22, 2015

    Teaching Persuasive Writing: Grades 2-6

    In this video, Kristina Smekens identifies six essential skills necessary for strong persuasive writing. For each skill, Kristina provides multiple mini-lesson ideas, including two full-length lessons targeting voice and word choice.

  5. video thumbnail for Building Strong Paragraphs: Grades 5-8

    December 22, 2015

    Building Strong Paragraphs: Grades 5-8

    With scenes from intermediate and middle school classrooms, this video features Kristina Smekens identifying the purpose of a paragraph and revealing the six most common types of paragraphs. Two unique mini-lessons from actual classrooms show Kristina delivering short, targeted lessons on when to indent and how to transition between paragraphs.

  6. video thumbnail for Fine-Tuning Sentences: Grades 5-12

    December 22, 2015

    Fine-Tuning Sentences: Grades 5-12

    Kristina Smekens shares several lesson ideas to improve students’ sentence fluency, including, varying their sentence beginnings, lengths, and structures. This session also includes two mini-lessons from actual classrooms where Kristina reveals memorable triggers to help convey the lessons’ objectives.

  7. video thumbnail for Citing Textual Evidence: Grades 3-12

    December 22, 2015

    Citing Textual Evidence: Grades 3-12

    In this video, Kristina Smekens reveals practical strategies for citing textual evidence in written responses. View two authentic classroom mini-lessons where Kristina teaches students how to structure a constructed-response and how to paraphrase an author’s ideas.

  8. video thumbnail for Developing Ideas: Grades 2-4

    December 22, 2015

    Developing Ideas: Grades 2-4

    Watch how Kristina Smekens demonstrates innovative and memorable strategies for students to add depth and detail within their own writing. Featuring two full-length mini-lessons executed in second and fourth grade classrooms, this video offers ways to develop ideas through revision and elaboration in first drafts.

  9. video thumbnail for Introducing the 6 Traits in 6 Days with 6 Texts: Grades K-2

    December 21, 2015

    Introducing the 6 Traits in 6 Days with 6 Texts: Grades K-2

    Watch six mini-lessons where Kristina Smekens introduces the Six Traits with six different picture books.

  10. video thumbnail for Re-Introducing the 6 Traits in 6 Days with 1 Text: Grades K-5

    December 21, 2015

    Re-Introducing the 6 Traits in 6 Days with 1 Text: Grades K-5

    Observe how Kristina Smekens re-introduces the Six Traits to a class that learned them the previous year.

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