Course Listing

2 Day Seminars

Strategies to Guide Written Expression at the Elementary and Middle School Levels – Summer Institute 2024

In this 2-day seminar, participants will learn strategies for helping students put their thoughts into writing. Specifically, methods for developing thematic units and vocabulary, composing simple and complex sentences, and writing single- and multi-paragraph compositions will all be discussed. This seminar is mostly geared to writing at the elementary and middle school level, as it focuses primarily on word, sentence, and paragraph level skills.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Define the writing demands placed on students
  • Identify and explain the importance of oral rehearsal prior to writing
  • Implement scaffolded techniques in the classroom to enhance students’ writing both at the sentence and paragraph level


Note: The strategies in this course may not be appropriate for students in early elementary grades (kindergarten, 1st, 2nd grade) or high school (grades 9-12).



This course is appropriate for educators at the elementary and middle school level. 



Required: Please purchase your own copy of From Talking to Writing: Strategies for Supporting Narrative and Expository Writing before the course begins.

Additional 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 15-16, 2024
8:30am - 3:00pm

Teachers Say...

These methods and strategies can be utilized with my students immediately. Our instructor helped to make the curriculum relevant to teachers of students of multiple grades, abilities, and needs.

About the Instructor

Geoffrey Russell, M.S.Ed.

Geoff has been at Landmark School since 2007 and has served in a number of roles. Currently, he is the language arts assistant department head and a classroom teacher at the Landmark Elementary-Middle School. As assistant department head, he oversees the curriculum and classes in the language arts program. In addition, he teaches middle school language arts classes. Geoff holds a B.A. from Keene State College and a M.S.Ed from Simmons University.

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