Pennsylvania Department of Education

Session Dates

Tuesday January 16th, 2018 8:30AM — 11:45AM

Building a Strong Foundation: Basic and Expanded Paragraphs

All too often, students lack foundational paragraph skills when they are asked to write in the genres. Using an I do – we do – you do model for instruction, participants in this hands-on, interactive session will work towards developing a series of skills that will take writers from an initial idea to a written product. They will practice with idea generation, categorization, and generating topic, supporting, and concluding sentences.


Participants will be able to...

  • List a series of steps to take writers from idea to paragraph
  • List a repertoire of strategies to help fledgling writers develop paragraph skills
  • Describe how to model and gradually release paragraph writing to students

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

Other Dates

  • Tier 2 Effective Writing Practices and Tier 3 Problem-Solving for the MTSS Writing Cohort
  • Tuesday May 22nd, 2018 8:30AM — 4:00PM
  • Use of RtII/SLD Determination, Differentiating Between Tiers 2, 3 Writing Instruction, Intervention
  • Wednesday May 23rd, 2018 8:30AM — 4:00PM
  • MTSS Team Presentations: Reflections on Writing Within and Across Tiers 1, 2 and 3
  • Thursday May 24th, 2018 8:30AM — 4:00PM