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Colorado Department of Education Professional Development - Strategies to Write Informational Text for Secondary Students (Online Course)

Strategies to Write Informational Text for Secondary Students (Online Course)

Audience: Educators | Topic: Special Education | Hosted by: Office of Special Education

Self-Paced format. Strategies to Write Informational Text for Secondary Students (Online Course)
Self-Paced format

Strategies to Write Informational Text for Secondary Students is an 8-week self-paced course with 11 modules that provide resources to support the writing process. It follows the book by Jill Jackson, How to Teach Students to Write Informational Text. You will not need the book to complete the course, but if you are a Colorado public school educator, you will receive a copy if you do.


This training is designed for educators who support students with disabilities who struggle with writing. We encourage participants to engage in this training as a team of two or three educators representing general education, special education, and special service provision.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be eligible to download the certificate for 15 CDE training hours.

In this training, you will learn how to teach fundamental skills students must master to become effective writers of informational text:

  • Brainstorm
  • Write a Thesis Statement
  • Content Map
  • Write in a Formal Tone
  • Organize Ideas
  • Develop a Topic
  • Write from Sources
  • Format Text
  • Create Transitions
  • Write a Conclusion
  • Revise, Edit, and Proofread

Participant Outcomes

The participant will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of the writing process.
  • Scaffold instruction of the writing process for informational text.
  • Implement data-driven instruction through the use of rubrics.

Course Requirements

Reflection Questions
Participants are required to watch each webinar and engage in an online discussion guided by reflection questions.

Participants will use the information in the modules to design learning for a student targeting eleven fundamental writing skills. Each module has a writing assignment for students with a rubric and graphic organizers.

Regular participation is required. Participants who are not active after the second week will be unenrolled.

Strategies to Write Informational Text Flyer [PDF]

Event Date and Time

  • Monday, January 24, 2022 (All day) to Friday, May 6, 2022 (All day)


Online via Moodle


A certificate of 15 CDE training hours will be provided upon the completion of ALL course requirements. 

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