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Writing Modes Workshop Series

Improve Standardized Test Scores by Aligning Classroom Writing Instruction to the Oklahoma Academic Standards

Writing Modes Workshop Series: 

Improve Standardized Test Scores by Aligning Classroom Writing Instruction 

to the Oklahoma Academic Standards

*This is a 4 session workshop series*

One Friday a month from September- December

1) OverviewED: 

September 9, 2022


2) NarratED: 

October 7, 2022


3) InformED:

 November 4, 2022


4) ArguED: 

December 9, 2022



Indian Capital Tech Center

Building D

2403 N 41st Street E

Muskogee, Ok 74403


4- Session Workshop

1) OverviewED:

An overview of evidence-based writing practices, standards, and research

2) NarratED:

Focus on Narrative writing skills and prompts

3) InformED:

Focus on Informative writing skills and prompts

4) ArguED:

Focus on Argumentative writing skills and prompts.

Teachers will participate in the writing process (OAS-ELA 2) in order to create critical writing units (OAS-ELA 3) for each of the three main composition modes- narrative, informative, and argumentative. Each session will align to the Oklahoma Academic Standards (OAS) and provide general and mode-specific writing strategies that emphasize the recursive writing process. Teachers will create units and models they can use in their secondary classroom-- especially in preparation for standardized writing tests.

  • to examine and define the writing modes in alignment with the Oklahoma Academic Standards for English Language Arts. 
  • to provide general and mode-specific strategies for teaching writing.
  • to understand the recursive writing process.
  • to understand that most writing uses a combination of modalities, though each writing mode will be presented individually.
  • to have teachers participate in the writing process to enhance their understanding of the assignments.
  • to have teachers create writing mode units and models they can use in their classroom.
  • to provide strategies and resources for grading student writing.


Dr. Lara Searcy is an Associate Professor, English Education Specialist who teaches English teacher candidates. She is a former high school English teacher and middle school Literacy Resource Specialist and is Nationally Board Certified in AYA-ELA. In 2018, she was awarded the Circle of Excellence in Teaching. Her research interests include teacher efficacy, standards-based reforms, and teacher professional development. She is a proud member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Former Past President of the Oklahoma affiliate- OKCTE


Target Audience:

Secondary English Language Arts Teachers (5th-12th Grade)


$400 for OSAC Members

$600 for Non-Members


*Lunch and All Material Included*

Register Here!

Cancellation Policy:

Since meals, presenters, training materials, and other costs are pre-paid by OSAC, please provide notice of cancellation at least 4 days prior to any OSAC event you are registered to attend. Your district will not be charged for cancellations made within 4 days of the event. Cancellations within 48 hours of an OSAC event will be charged at half price. No-shows will be charged at full price. Thank you for understanding!

Thank You for Supporting This and Other OSAC Events!



Billie Jordan

Executive Director


Cell: (918) 931-2494


Dr. Kaylin Coody

Associate Director


Cell: (918) 640-0787


Lisa Presley 

Professional Development Director

Cell: (918) 931-1120


Raychel Harris

Administrative Assistant


Office: (918) 348-7972

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