Common Core Writing Standards


The Common Core Standards have burst onto the education scene in the past year. They are extensive and will drive instruction for the foreseeable future. The writing component of the Common Core Standards focuses on many of the expectations teachers have addressed in the past. However, there are also changes and additions to what we are used to seeing in curriculum documents over the past decade. This workshop will focus on the writing skills students need to master and new components teachers need to consider when designing their writing instruction. The focus on college and career readiness, and the writing skills necessary for success in those environments, will be explored in depth.


As a result of attending, educators will:

  1. Describe the expectations of the Common Core writing standards especially as they apply to each teacher’s grade level.
  2. Identify instructional strategies for the various types of writing in Common Core
  3. Identify strengths and weaknesses in samples of student writing and explain how they would help the writer improve the writing.
  4. List the specific writing skills necessary for college and career readiness.
  5. Demonstrate the use of current technology tools to facilitate written communication that also involves collaboration with others.


Fred Wolff worked in public schools for 24 years, 19 as a classroom teacher. For the past eight years he has worked with teachers across the U.S. and in numerous international schools helping to improve student writing. Fred has received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, a Fulbright to study education in Japan, and most recently wrote and co-produced an hour long documentary about Holocaust survivors in his home state of New Hampshire.

Lynna Garber Kalna
has a unique balance of 30 years experience in the academic and corporate environments. In addition to teaching in the public school system and at a private college, she has worked as an educational consultant, freelance magazine writer, and corporate trainer. Lynna, who has received numerous awards including Professor of Merit and Professor of Distinction, serves as a keynote speaker for various organizations.

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