Editorial Writing Workshop

Teaching Editorial Writing to High School Students

This virtual workshop helps high-school teachers understand how to help their students write and read sophisticated editorials in the 21st century. You may attend on either Saturday, March 20 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., or on Wednesday March 24, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. To register, click here.

With no more than 24 other teachers, participants will learn guiding principles to help young adults think insightfully and logically as well as use emotion responsibly in opinion writing.

Instructional approaches covered include the following topics:

–Generating ideas

–Gathering research

–Using narrative as evidence

–Developing sophisticated arguments

–Addressing an authentic audience with an essay form far beyond the rudimentary five-paragraph essay

–Providing feedback and grading efficiently

Besides these understandings, participants will walk away with some classroom-ready resources that promote enduring lessons about writing authentically.

This is not just for English teachers. Any content-area teacher who wants to incorporate more writing into her / his / their classroom will benefit.

Participants can choose from Saturday, March 20 OR Wednesday, March 24.

Since 1995, Ray Salazar has been a public school English teacher in Chicago. Ray earned an M.A. in Writing, with distinction, and a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from DePaul University. He’s been a National Board Certified Teacher since 2009.

His blog about education and Latino issues–The White Rhino–earned second place in the Best Blog category of the Education Writers Association’s 2012 national writing contest.

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Maureen Kelleher

Chicago Unheard blog manager Maureen Kelleher also serves as a senior writer and editor at brightbeam, a nonprofit network of education activists demanding a better education and brighter future for every child. Before joining the brightbeam team, she spent a decade as a reporter, blogger and policy analyst. Her work has been published across the education world, from Education Week to the Center for American Progress. A former high school English teacher, she is also the proud mom of a middle-schooler. Find her on Twitter at @KelleherMaureen.

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