Pennsylvania Department of Education

Session Dates

Tuesday January 16th, 2018 12:45PM — 4:00PM

Genre-Specific Writing

In this session, participants continue to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to apply the writing process to genre-specific writing instruction. Phases of genre-specific writing instruction, such as learning about genre, evaluating genre, and writing genre, will be discussed. Because students who are knowledgeable about text structure recall and write text better than others who aren’t, this session will highlight the importance of making text structure for the genres of narrative, informational/explanatory, and opinion/argumentative writing visually explicit by using beginning-middle-end frames.


Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the phases of genre-specific writing instruction
  • Prepare visual scaffolds and “think-alouds” for genre-specific writing instruction
  • Demonstrate the use of text structure to teach narrative, informational/explanatory, and opinion/argumentative writing

Target Audience

Reading Educators, General Educators, Special Education Leaders

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Tom Wolf, Governor

This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.


  • PaTTAN - Harrisburg

Event Type

  • Inservices/workshops

Credit Type

  • Act 48 (3 hours)

Registration Contact

Kelly Kapp,, 717-901-2271

Content Contact

Jennifer Collins,, 717-541-4960

Topics Covered

Response to Instruction & Intervention (RtII)


  • Lana Edwards Santoro