Kindergarten - First Grade Writing Workshop

Registration closes:
Oct 03, 2022 at 4:00 pm
Webinar will be recorded
Facilitator: Carla Thio

This is a multi-day event.

Day 1Oct 03, 2022 (4:15 pm to 6:15 pm MDT)
Day 2Oct 17, 2022 (4:15 pm to 6:15 pm MDT)
Day 3Oct 24, 2022 (4:15 pm to 6:15 pm MDT)
$225.00 (CAD)
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 23-NC-016
Focus: Literacy New Curriculum

Target Audience

Teachers K-1, Administrators, Instructional Coaches

About this Learning Opportunity

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


Age-appropriate, instructional tools to effectively teach your youngest (K-1) students the foundational skills they need to become strong writers. You’ll be introduced to the developmental stages of writing, learn to teach your students how to identify genre and author’s purpose, and develop the foundational skills of narrative, informational and opinion writing. Through this training, you will gain confidence in your writing instruction, and develop the writing/reading connection for your students across all content areas.


Session 1, October 3, 2022 – Genre and Organization – Creating the Writing/Reading Connection

  • Understanding EW’s Methodology and How it Creates Writing Success
  • Recognizing Genre and Author’s Purpose (e.g., Informational vs. Narrative genre; inform vs. entertain purpose)
  • Summarizing Text
  • Inspiring Rich Vocabulary Development

Session 2, October 17, 2022 – Foundational Skills for Narrative Writing

  • Identifying Story-Critical Elements Worthy of Description
  • Engaging the Five Senses to Create Vivid Elaboration
  • Generating Elaborative Detail
  • Exploring “What Do Feelings Look Like?”
  • Crafting Suspenseful Segments

Session 3, October 24, 2022 – Foundational Skills of Informational and Opinion Writing

  • Sorting Details for Informational Writing
  • Creating Diagrams to Inform
  • Writing Informational Sentences
  • Exploring Opinion Writing
  • Summarizing Opinion Pieces
  • Recap Learning – Foundational Writing Skills for K-1 Students

**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 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.

"Rundle College has received the Garfield Weston Award for excellence in Language Arts. We were recognized by the province for having outstanding Language Arts results that were consistent for a period over 5 years. Again, this is all because of the success we have with Empowering Writers approach to writing instruction"

Rundle College Grade 6 English Language Arts
Achievement Multi-Year Reports

  2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Rundle College Elementary -Writing          
Acceptable Standard 98.1% 98.2% 100% 100% 100%
Standard of Excellence 13% 23% 34% 53% 58.9%
Below Acceptable Standard 1.9% 1.8% 0.00 0.00 0.00
Province of Alberta - Writing          
Acceptable Standard 90.9% 91.4% 91% 90.9% 81.9%
Standard of Excellence 13.1% 12% 13% 11.7% 17.6%
Below Acceptable Standard 8.1% 8.6% 9% 8.1% 18.1%


Carla has been a trainer with Empowering Writers since 2014.