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Thursday, February 20 • 11:45am - 1:00pm
Using Best Practices to Teach Writing in the Elementary Classroom: Launch Pads and Safety Nets

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Writing is a complex task requiring many skills. The complexity of the task can be overwhelming for many students and especially those who struggle with learning disorders, executive skill deficits and anxiety. Emerging research supports structured and explicit writing instruction to help all students develop effective writing skills. A six-step structured writing process that can be used in elementary classrooms to teach students to write across the curriculum will be outlined in this session. A structured writing procedure helps students develop foundational thinking and writing skills needed to become successful writers. Participants will also be walked through the creation of a detailed and differentiated lesson plan. The process highlighted addresses best practices for teaching elementary students writing as identified by the Institute of Education Sciences (2012). It simultaneously enhances metacognition, a critical skill to support both reading comprehension and writing.


Ashley McPherson

Teacher and Resource Development, Centre for Literacy
Ashley McPherson is a teacher and resource developer at the Centre for Literacy. Since coming to the Centre for Literacy in 2017, she has been offering intensive reading remediation for students of all ages in French and English. Before teaching at the Centre for Literacy, she taught... Read More →

Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
Macleod Hall E4 Calgary Telus Convention Centre
  Language Arts/English, Elementary