McGraw-Hill Education Workshop

More dates coming soon.


Expressive Writing and Essentials for Writing

Direct Instruction programs work. They are the epitome of mastery learning and abundant research demonstrates their effectiveness.

Expressive Writing and Essentials for Writing covers both Expressive Writing I and II.

Some students find it difficult to engage in the writing process because they have not yet mastered the fundamental skills. These two Direct Instruction programs provide instruction ranging through the skills of punctuation including quotations, subject-verb agreement, tense, inferences and interpretations, story retells, sequencing, editing, generating ideas, writing multi-paragraph passages including autobiographical and biographical sketches, writing business letters and writing persuasive essays that provide details and supporting arguments.

Primary students

Expressive Writing I is for students whose writing is difficult to understand because it is hard to identify their sentences and follow what they are trying to say. They learn to correctly use tense, pronouns, capitals and verbs and to accurately copy sentences, retell stories and write paragraphs and edit them. Expressive Writing II is for those who can construct a simple paragraph but have problems with clarity, punctuation and sentence variety. They are taught more sophisticated skills including quotations, paragraphing and punctuation and progress to writing multi-paragraph passages based on descriptions and on imagination.

Secondary students

Essentials for Writing is designed to build the competencies that are expected of high school students. The students are taught how to make their writing cohesive and follow a logical argument, to support their contentions with evidence and to conclude their writing in a persuasive and convincing way. Over one year it builds from using proper grammar and punctuation to narrative and persuasive writing as well as note taking and responding to literature. This program is for students in Year 9 and below who are at risk of not passing their senior year exams.

Intended learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • demonstrate the capacity to use Expressive Writing I and II as well as Essentials for Writing
  • teach students the skills to become proficient writers
  • analyse and critically evaluate the ability level of students' writing skills
  • apply knowledge to implement direct instruction teaching strategies.

Delivery mode: Face-to-face

Time and duration: 7 hours

Resources: All required resources are provided, including course notes and stationery. All registrants will receive a certificate of participation at the conclusion of the workshop.

Other inclusions: Morning tea, lunch and light refreshments throughout the day.