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Cape Cod Two-Day Seminars

Metacognition in the Writing Process – Cape Cod Seminars 2024

Students who struggle with written expression often benefit from a process-based, sequential model for teaching writing skills that incorporates modeling and teaching metacognition throughout each step. This process includes brainstorming, organizing (via mapping and the use of graphic organizers), rough drafting, proofreading, and final drafting. These writing strategies can be applied to paragraph, multiparagraph, and essay level writing for assignments across the curriculum. This 2-day seminar will also include techniques for oral rehearsal, paragraph framing, the use of hands-on materials, and research writing.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the common writing deficits of students with learning disabilities
  • Break down the complexity of the expository writing process
  • Demonstrate how metacognition can be modeled in ways that help students improve their writing
  • Demonstrate brainstorming techniques
  • Discuss organizing techniques and the use of graphic organizers and templates
  • Reconstruct the steps in paragraph framing, drafting and research writing
  • Develop a writing lesson incorporating all five steps in the process



This course is appropriate for educators at the middle and high school levels.



Materials will be provided on-site.



There is an option to add one (1) graduate credit to this 2-day course from Fitchburg State University. Graduate credit is optional; the cost is $210 and the non-refundable payment is made directly to Fitchburg. The timeline to opt into graduate credit is firm and details will be available once the course begins so you can make your final decision at that time.



  • Delivery mode: In-person.
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section.

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
1 Optional Graduate Credit
Dates/Time Price
July 22-23, 2024
8:30am - 3:00pm

Teachers Say...

The structure of the course was very clear and explicit. The instructor was very open to all questions and about their experiences as a veteran educator.

About the Instructor

Janet Parady, M.S.Ed.

Janet is the head of the language arts department at Landmark High School, and the primary author of Teaching Writing Skills: Paragraphs to Essays, as well as writing curricula used daily in language arts classes. In her years at Landmark, she has also been a tutor, teacher, and academic advisor. Janet has presented seminars for educators and parents throughout the country regarding methods for instructing all students within the language arts context, and she has been an Outreach lead faculty member, working within specific schools to help them improve their instruction of students with language-based learning disabilities. She has also served as a writing instructor for Simmons University.

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