Learning Opportunity

Launching into Literacy - Diving into Narrative Skills

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: Carla Thio

This is a multi-day event.

Day 1Oct 11, 2022 (4:15 pm to 6:15 pm MDT)
Day 2Oct 18, 2022 (4:15 pm to 6:15 pm MDT)
Day 3Oct 25, 2022 (4:15 pm to 6:15 pm MDT)
$225.00 (CAD)
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 23-NC-050
Focus: English Language Arts, Literacy and Literature Curriculum Implementation and Pedagogy

Target Audience

Teachers Gr 2-8, Administrators, Instructional Coaches

About this Learning Opportunity

Empowering Writers’ training and resources align with the new Alberta outcomes for grades K-3.


Instructional tools to support deeper comprehension of text, apply analysis skills to constructed response, confidently teach narrative writing, and learn how to provide actionable feedback when assessing student work. Gain understanding of foundational writing skills to help students effectively respond to text and strengthen both writing abilities and reading comprehension skills.


Session 1, October 11, 2022 – Launching into Literacy

  • Understanding EW’s Methodology and How it Creates Writing Success
  • Recognizing Genre 
  • Identifying Organizational Frameworks (e.g., Informational vs. Narrative)
  • Learning How to Annotate and Analyze Text
  • Finding Literary Elements for Literary Analysis
  • Identifying Text Conventions (clues) for Constructed Response

Session 2, October 18, 2022 – Narrative Skills

  • Developing an Entertaining Beginning
  • Creating Elaborate Details
  • Building Suspense
  • Describing the Main Event
  • Developing Extended Endings

Session 3, October 25, 2022 – Putting It All Together

  • Practicing Process Writing
  • Forming Assessment Rubrics
  • Recap of Today’s Learning – Narrative Writing

**Please note the session fee includes the Workshop and Hub Digital Resource (1-year license)**

Interested in securing a 2-year Hub license for only an additional $75 US? Click on the following link to order through Empowering Writers:

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #3: Embodying Visionary Leadership

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the Facilitator

Carla Thio

Carla Thio is currently a master teacher at the Renert School. She has been a classroom teacher for 23 years in Calgary, Alberta. Her first experience with Empowering Writers was in her first year of teaching at Rundle College School where she became the go-to person for teaching writing. Her students are proof that Empowering Writers yields success. Students arrive to her class excited to write but more importantly confident in writing.