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July 23 @ 9:00 am July 24 @ 3:30 pm

Introduction to Writing Minilessons Grades 2-6

Learn how to use Writing Minilessons: Your Every Day Guide For Literacy Teaching for your Students in Grades 2-6

Provide high quality writing lessons in management, genres and forms, craft, conventions, and writing process.

Register to participate in-person at Lesley University or virtually! 

July 23-24, 2024
9:00-11:30am & 1:00-3:30pm (EST)
Number of Days:
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual
Grade Levels:
Literacy Teaching
  • Classroom Teachers & Interventionists
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
  • District & School Leadership
Earn 12 PD Hours
  • $595 + cost of the required Writing Minilessons Book in one grade level (2, 3, 4, 5, or 6) 
  • $695 (includes the Writing Minilessons Book)
  • Literacy Collaborative Affiliation Discount available
Course Description & Outcomes
In-Person at Lesley or Virtual
Requirements & Policies


Learn how to use The Writing Minilessons Book to deepen your children’s knowledge of genres, craft, conventions, and the writing process through short, explicit writing minilessons that lead to understandings of essential principles students need as writers. You will gain knowledge and practical tools to teach writing using high quality mentor texts. Through engaging lessons and daily opportunities to apply new understandings, your students will enjoy communicating through writing with purpose, enthusiasm, and confidence.

Topics Include:

  • Management of the writers’ workshop
  • Establishing independent writing
  • Writing to support content area learning
  • Elements of effective writing minilessons to teach for genre, craft, conventions, and the writing process
  • Using mentor texts with students to support active, constructive learning
  • Modeled, shared, and guided writing
  • Utilizing a writer’s notebook
  • Assessing and planning for instruction
  • Teaching responsively
  • Using online resources to plan, teach, and assess

Please have your own copy of The Writing Minilessons Book for a grade level (Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, or Grade 6), and your own writer’s notebook (blank notebook or Fountas & Pinnell’s Writer’s Notebook). Please visit the Requirements & Policies tab for details about this required text.

You will earn 12 professional development hours in this training.

Nikki Drury, Literacy Trainer

Nikki worked as a literacy coach and teacher in public school for many years before joining the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative as an Intermediate Trainer. She has experience as a primary and intermediate classroom teacher and literacy instructional coach at the intermediate level. Over the years, she has worked with students, educators, and administrators to improve literacy outcomes.


You may choose to attend this training in-person at Lesley University or virtually in real time. Should any of the conditions change and it is determined the training will be offered virtually only, you will be notified as soon as possible. We recommend that you contact us before reserving travel and lodging.

If you choose to attend in-person, the training room will have Lesley University’s HyFlex Classroom Technology to support an engaging learning environment for in-person and virtual participants. If you have questions about in-person or virtual attendance, please email us at

In-person participants are required to follow the Lesley safety protocols.

Required Materials

You will need individual access to one of the Writing Minilessons Books below and be able to use this book during the two days of professional learning.

  • The Fountas & Pinnell Writing Minilessons Book for Grade 2
  • The Fountas & Pinnell Writing Minilessons Book for Grade 3
  • The Fountas & Pinnell Writing Minilessons Book for Grade 4
  • The Fountas & Pinnell Writing Minilessons Book for Grade 5
  • The Fountas & Pinnell Writing Minilessons Book for Grade 6 (Available in April 2024)

Don’t have The Writing Minilessons Book yet? You will have the option to purchase it when you register for this training. If you choose to purchase the book on your own through Heinemann, click here. Email us at if you have questions.

Other Materials

You will need a Writer’s Notebook available to use during the two days of professional development. There are a variety of ways to accomplish this:

  • A blank notebook
  • Fountas & Pinnell’s Writer’s Notebook: Intermediate (Grades 2, 3, 4)
  • Fountas & Pinnell’s Writer’s Notebook: Advanced (Grades 5-6)

If you opt to use a Fountas & Pinnell’s Writer’s Notebook, you can purchase through Heinemann, click here.

Cancellation Deadline & Refund Policies

If you cancel your registration prior to the first day of training, you will be charged a $50 processing fee. Email if you have a cancellation or substitution request. Regardless of weather conditions, if the event is held but you cannot attend, you will be billed for the full amount. 

Registration Deadline & Shipping Policies

If you register within the week prior to the first day of this training, you may incur additional fees for expedited shipping. You may experience delays in receiving your materials.

Requirements for Participation

After the training, you will receive a certificate of attendance for your participation. To receive a complete certificate, participation during the specified times is required. Additional work may be assigned to meet the professional development hours.

With Your Colleagues Option

We can deliver this training to your school/district. This option can be delivered virtually or in-person for a group within your school/district (as COVID-19 social distancing guidelines allow).

Fees & Policies

  • Fees are determined by the number of participants and the duration of training.
  • If applicable, travel expenses for each trainer (airfare, hotel, meals, and rental car) are an additional cost to be paid by the district.
  • Professional development sessions that require extensive travel or overnight stays (if applicable) may incur an additional surcharge.
  • If the number of participants exceeds the maximum, another trainer may be needed. This will increase training costs and travel expenses.
  • Unless otherwise noted, fees do not include the cost of any required books or materials. The faculty trainer will consult with the district to select books based on the topics and the district’s needs.
  • School districts in the same geographic area participating in the same training may combine their resources to meet participant minimums. Payment must be on one district’s purchase order.

For detailed costs, complete our online form to request this training for your school/district and we will contact you.

Interested in professional learning at your school or district? Schedule a meeting with one of our trainers.