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Expository Writing Instruction I

Instructor: Betsy M. Duffy, MS Ed
Dates: Wednesday, January 18, 25, February 1, 2023 (February 8 snow day), 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $625 (manual included)
Registration Deadline: 12/16/2022

Expectations to meet rigorous writing standards begin in the early grades and extend through high school. In this course, Betsy M. Duffy, MS Ed, Director of Language Arts and Instruction at The Windward School, will present strategies for teaching expository writing in all content areas in grades K – 12. The course offers specific evidence-based techniques to add structure, coherence, and clarity to students’ expository writing. Instructional guidelines will be presented for developing complex sentences, outlining, writing paragraphs and compositions, and revising and editing. Many exemplars will explicitly demonstrate how to teach the foundational and organizational skills necessary to write an argumentative essay. An overview of how to plan an expository reading lesson as a springboard to writing is now included in the course. This prominent writing program, developed at The Windward School, is based on large statistical research studies for best practices in writing and utilizes strategies outlined in publications such as the Elementary and Secondary Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Practice Guides (Steve Graham, et al.). Approaches from Teaching Basic Writing Skills (TBWS): Strategies for Effective Expository Writing Instruction by Judith C. Hochman and TBWS Templates by Betsy MacDermott-Duffy are incorporated with findings from Writing to Read: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading (Graham & Hebert, 2010) and “Effectiveness of Literacy Programs Balancing Reading and Writing Instruction: A Meta-analysis" (Graham et al., 2017). This writing program can be implemented in general education and special education classrooms across grade K – 12.

This course is offered for one graduate credit through Manhattanville College. There are additional hours, assignments and fees. For more information about graduate credit, contact The WI prior to registration.

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