The two Writing Using Evidence courses, for Grades 3 – 5 and 5 – 8, were co-created by PLM and nationally renowned authors and literacy experts Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey. The courses are designed in a flipped PD format — educators complete online, self-guided modules and then attend a full-day onsite training led by an experienced PLM coach.

Using grade-level examples and their own curricular materials, educators learn how to help their students' write using evidence from informational and literary texts, review and revise their writing, and participate in conversations about writing. Educators are also provided opportunities to practice appropriate and direct feedback to improve students' writing skills.


  • Using Evidence in Writing
  • Selecting the Right Text
  • Drafting a Writing Prompt
  • Providing Effective Feedback

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At the Onsite Workshop

During the in-person workshop, educators continue to sharpen “writing using evidence from text” teaching skills. Using their own curricular materials, educators create a complete Writing Using Evidence instructional plan for immediate use in the classroom. The workshop format is interactive and collaborative, and the activities are engaging and relevant to each educator's grade level.

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