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1 Day Workshops

Writing Instruction: Teaching Text Structure, In-Person – Summer Institute 2021

If you are signing up for this section, you are signing up for an in-person section with a limited number of spaces. This course can also be taken virtually. If you want to take the course virtually, you must register for the virtual section so we can ensure you receive login instructions.

The content for the virtual section and in-person section is the same.



  • Event type: One-day workshop
  • Section delivery mode: In-person. All recommended guidelines around social distancing, masks, hand washing, etc. will be followed and communicated to participants.
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section.



Writing is a complex task that requires the cooperation of many different academic skills at once. One of the most important elements of writing, however, is understanding the expectations for text structure. Though it may seem that “write a paragraph” is a clear task, the directional words that come after that instruction are key to the crafting of an accurate response. For instance, the direction to “write a paragraph that explains …” requires a very different organizational approach than one with the directive to “compare and/or contrast.” Students need to understand the words in a prompt that provide direction to their writing structure before they can appropriately plan their ideas. Moreover, teachers need to be aware of the significance that these words carry when creating a prompt for writing.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify a variety of text structures and the directional words that indicate these types of writing
  • Create writing prompts for their students that specifically require relevant test structures
  • Choose appropriate writing templates that best lend themselves to various text structures
  • Instruct students to identify and understand the words in a prompt that help them to identify the expected text structure



This course is appropriate for educators at all grade levels.



Please bring a laptop, as all necessary materials will be shared electronically.

Course Information

5 Hours
Dates/Time Price
July 21, 2021
8:30am - 3:00pm Eastern

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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About the Instructor

Keryn Kwedor

Keryn has taught at Landmark High School in the language arts and literature departments since 2003. As associate director, she manages content development and production, and she assists in overseeing all aspects of the program. For Outreach, Keryn has been a school consultant, produced materials for the DESE, and organized the Professional Development Seminars for Cape Cod Educators, in addition to coordinating and teaching courses for the Summer Institute, Landmark Outreach Online, and the Landmark SNHU partnership. Keryn holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Colby College and a master’s degree in special education from Simmons University.

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