Pennsylvania Department of Education

Session Dates

Thursday February 8th, 2018 4:00PM — 6:00PM

The Writing Toolkit for Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Genre, Discipline Specific Writing

In this session, participants continue to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to improve writing instruction for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. 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.


Participants will:

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

Target Audience

Teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing

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


  • Webinar

Event Type

  • Webinar

Credit Type

  • Act 48 (2 hours)
  • Hours of Instructional Time (2 hours)

Registration Contact

Kristi Simpson,, 800-441-3215x7241

Content Contact

Sue Ann Houser,, 800-441-3215 x 7243

Topics Covered

Deaf/Hard of Hearing


  • Dr. Lana Edwards Santoro