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.

Graduate Credit

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.

Additional Course Logistics

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