Learning Opportunity

How Do I Get Them to Write? Narratives

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Facilitators: Karen Filewych Tannis Niziol

This is a multi-day event.

Day 1Jan 21, 2023 (9:30 am to 11:00 am MDT)
Day 2Jan 28, 2023 (9:30 am to 11:00 am MDT)
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 23-LI-343
Focus: English Language Arts, Literacy and Literature

Target Audience

Grades 1-6 English Language Arts Teachers

Also Recommended For

Learning Coaches, District Leaders/ Consultant

About this Learning Opportunity

Are you unsure of how to approach the teaching of narrative writing?  Do students have difficulty developing their stories?  Do your students' stories all sound the same?

During this sesson, you will learn how to use plot patterns and appropriate mentor texts to dramatically improve student writing.  By providing the structure of a plot pattern, students will become more willing and more confident story writers.  We will also explore how to teach related skills such as setting, character, and dialogue by using mentor texts and leveraging the writing process to our best advantage as teachers.


This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #4: Leading a Learning Community

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.


Karen Filewych

Karen Filewych has twenty-five years of educational experience as an elementary teacher, school administrator, and language arts consultant.  In 2007, she completed her Master of Education degree in the area of literacy. Karen's first book - How Do I Get Them to Write? - was published by Pembroke Publishers in May of 2017. Her second book - Freewriting with... Read more »

Tannis Niziol

Tannis is currently supporting Alberta teachers as a Professional Learning Facilitator with the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. She recently served as a curriculum consultant for the Edmonton Catholic School Division. Throughout her 30-year career as an educator, in both Edmonton and Winnipeg, Tannis remains passionate about teaching and learning, and the need for explicit literacy... Read more »