In this course, you will go from feeling frustrated to feeling EMPOWERED to move your students beyond summary and vague generalizations into solid, insightful analysis.

Before I tell you about this classroom-transforming professional development, let's talk about the teachers for whom I designed it.

You're a high school English teacher whose students are getting stuck in the rhetorical analysis process. They don't know how to move forward, and you've tried every trick you know to no avail. Your students lack confidence in their writing abilities, and you're starting to doubt your own ability to work your teacher magic.

You might be

a veteran English teacher who has AP English Language for the first time. You need help with the depth of analysis required for the course.

a first-year English 9 teacher whose college classes in writing instruction were lacking in real-classroom applications. You know that you provide the foundation for your students, and you want to make sure there are no cracks.

an English 10 teacher with a few years under your belt who wants to take your writing instruction to the next level with some fresh ideas to meet students where they are. 

a first-time AP Lang teacher who just wants to do right by her students. You see the potential in them and want to help them see it as well.

Sound like a good fit? Here's what you will learn.

By the end of this professional development, you will have

  • learned to distinguish analyzing from paraphrasing, judging, and summarizing.
  • learned to scaffold using personal prompts, images, stale text, and fresh text.
  • learned to teach students how to construct concrete details and commentary that serve their purpose.
  • learned to teach students how to construct an effective thesis.
  • learned the research behind templates and how to use (and not use) them.
  • learned to troubleshoot through back mapping and deconstruction.
  • learned ways to give timely and effective feedback.
  • learned strategies for building student and instructor confidence
What Teachers Are Saying

 "My school year has started off with a BANG! This course has transformed what I’ve done. Angie gave me the additional tools to really refine how I teach writing. Seeing what they are coming up with is insane!  I am singing Angie's praises in Taiwan. I wish more people would understand the potential for all kids to be great analytical thinkers and writers." 

Meagan C. Frazier
AP English Language Teacher,
Taipei American School

 "Before the course, I was frustrated by my students’ indefensible thesis statements and weak commentary. They could not tie devices or strategies back to the author’s purpose. Now that I’ve finished the course and changed my instruction, I’m getting complexity from them! They are connecting with the nuance of tone shifts, understanding author’s purpose better, and producing much better commentary. " 

Jason M. Walker
AP English Language Teacher,
Redlands High School

   "Angie’s course helped me to see rhetorical analysis in chunks. My students can now color code their evidence and commentary, and because we share a common language, my feedback is more meaningful, and I’m not getting burnt out grading. Angie is passionate about teachers leaving school at school, and because of her guidance, I’m learning how to do that. 

Mayda Avila
AP English Language Teacher,
School of Science and Technology
(San Antonio, TX)

"I had the pleasure of student teaching with Mrs. Kratzer, and we prepared sophomores for the North Carolina Writing Assessment and the AP English Language exam. Her writing methods made a world of difference for our students! The training she conducted for the staff was fun, engaging, and super easy to implement into any lesson." 

Sharifa Johnson
Founder and CEO - Books N' Bops

"I enrolled in The Confident Student Writer because my students were struggling with the commentary piece in whatever they were trying to write. They could identify devices but not make connections. I applied the course concepts as we were going through the modules, and my students started to feel empowered. They now feel like they have the tools, somewhere to start. I've never felt this way about teaching rhetorical analysis. Now I know they can do it."

Lisa Floading
AP Exam Reader, AP English Language Teacher, Port Washington HIgh School

"If you've ever wished for an experienced teacher to mentor you through teaching writing, look no further. As an English teacher and instructional coach, I can say that Angie Kratzer is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to guiding students to deeper levels of rhetorical analysis.This course is for anyone who is ready to elevate critical thinking and prepare students for the next level."

Melissa Kruse
Instructional Coach
Blogger @ Reading and Writing Haven

THE COURSE

At the time of enrollment, you will receive an email giving you access to the four core modules described below. You will move through these lessons and exercises at your own pace. 
module 1:
What analysis is and isn't
 


Here's where you get the experience of a veteran teacher and curriculum specialist who has trained thousands of teachers to get on the same instructional page.

In this module, you will learn what the terminology problem is. By the end of the module, you will
*make some decisions about consistent language
*learn a color-coding strategy to differentiate between concrete details and analysis
*learn to spot paraphrasing, judging, and summarizing..

module 2:
gradual release



This is the good stuff, the meat of the course. In this module, you will experience Angie's gradual release model of learning to write strong rhetorical analysis by becoming proficient at each core element of it.

Each participant writer will take on the role student and move through these steps:
*image analysis
*stale text analysis
*fresh text analysis
*paragraph construction
*thesis construction
*big picture planning.

module 3:
troubleshooting and feedback



Eventually, all students hit a brick wall. By the end of this module, you will know how to help a student figure out the problem and get moving again. Through color analysis, back mapping, and deconstruction, your students can learn to do their own investigative work.

In the second half of this module, you will learn simple strategies for offering feedback on drafts without burning yourself out. You do get to have a life as an English teacher!

module 4: 
building confidence



Identifying a problem is all well and good, but what if someone lacks the confidence to fix it? This module addresses that issue--for both student and teacher.

By the end of this module, you will have in your belt a number of tools to build student confidence in writing and teacher confidence in coaching
.

THIS COURSE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR ENROLLMENT. TEACHERS MAY ENROLL TWICE A YEAR. WE WILL OPEN IT BACK IT UP IN NOVEMBER OF 2022. WANT TO BE ON THE WAITING LIST? SIGN UP HERE.

BASIC TIER
(TWO PAY)

$93

Per Month

  • Four Core Modules
  • Bonus Module
  • Two Teaching Units
  • Pay Half at Enrollment
  • Lifetime Access to Course Content

basic tier
(single pay)

$177

At Enrollment

  • Four Core Modules
  • Bonus Module
  • Two Teaching Units
  • Lifetime Access to Course Content
  • Most Popular Plan

premium tier
(three pay)

$129

Per Month

  • Four Core Modules
  • Bonus Module
  • Two Teaching Units
  • Lifetime Access to Course Content
  • Angie's 50-Resource AP English Language & Composition Bundle (Within the Course In Three Installments Over 60 Days)

premium tier
(single pay)

$367

At Enrollment

  • Four Core Modules
  • Bonus Module
  • Two Teaching Units
  • Lifetime Access to Course Content
  • Angie's 50-Resource AP English Language & Composition Bundle (Within the Course the Day After Module 2 is Released)


“Top rate support here! Thank you for sharing your expertise.These materials 
evidence  your 
experience as they are instantly both student and teacher friendly.”
                                                                                              Judi S.


YOU GET

  • a four-module course 
  • access to the materials for the life of the course on its current platform (Zenler)
  • 12 video lessons with accompanying graphic organizers, student activities, and handouts
  • 4 workbooks with exercises that will help you think through your own approach to writing and writing instruction
  • access to Angie Kratzer for the life of the course

                      Want to start the course with no risk?
          Let’s do that. How about a money-back guarantee?

From the minute you enroll, you have SEVEN DAYS to decide if it is of value to you. You have one full week to ask for your  money back! No sweat. No questions asked. If it’s not for you, it’s not for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

When we facilitate this workshop live for teachers, they usually receive continuing education credit from their respective districts. At the end of the course, you will receive a certification of completion, which you may choose to turn in to your district licensure office for credit. You will need to do your own homework to find out if you need prior approval to receive credit.

This course is designed to target a specific problem: weak analysis. We will not be going into the depths of exigence, debating SOAPStone versus SPACECAT, or even spending a great deal of time on strategies and devices. We will be working on fixing the hardest problem there is to fix—sloppy, generalized commentary.

You can put into the course as much time as you like. Many of the lessons include writing exercises for you to complete as if you are the student. Of course, if you actually do the exercises, you will learn the most. There will be opportunities for you to practice strategies with students. I’m even going to ask you to do a thing or two that might be out of your comfort zone. The more you engage with the material, the more of the actual work you do, the more you will learn. You can be passive and learn a little; you can be active and walk away confident that you can guide your students to be better writers.

Indeed, I do! Life happens. You have seven days from enrollment to ask for your money back. There are no strings; you don't need to make excuses or prove that you gave it a try. Just email me within one week, and I will refund your money. Easy peasy.

Once the 7-day money-back guarantee period is over, the teacher will see the resources on the Course Access page. Single-pay participants will see all 50 resources, and three-pay participants will see the first of three installments on that day. The other two installments are released 30 days after enrollment and 60 days after enrollment respectively.

ENROLL IN THE CONFIDENT STUDENT WRITER TODAY. 

BASIC TIER
(TWO PAY)

$93

Per Month

  • Four Core Modules
  • Bonus Module
  • Two Teaching Units
  • Private Facebook Group
  • Pay Half at Enrollment
  • Lifetime Access to Course Content

basic tier
(single pay)

$177

At Enrollment

  • Four Core Modules
  • Bonus Module
  • Two Teaching Units
  • Private Facebook Group
  • Lifetime Access to Course Content
  • Most Popular Plan

premium tier
(three pay)

$129

Per Month

  • Four Core Modules
  • Bonus Module
  • Two Teaching Units
  • Private Facebook Group
  • Lifetime Access to Course Content
  • Angie's 50-Resource AP English Language & Composition Bundle (Within the Course In Three Installments Over 60 Days)

premium tier
(single pay)

$367

At Enrollment

  • Four Core Modules
  • Bonus Module
  • Two Teaching Units
  • Private Facebook Group
  • Lifetime Access to Course Content
  • Angie's 50-Resource AP English Language & Composition Bundle (Within the Course the Day After Module 2 is Released)

The first time someone showed me how
 to balance text evidence with student
commentary, my mind was blown. I had
been teaching writing for ten years! Instead of beating myself up about whatever I had been teaching all that time, I just decided to apply 

what I learned. Learn better, do better, right?

The next ten years were transformative—
for me, for my students, and for my district.
For several years, I served teachers just like
you as a writing curriculum specialist for a
large district, and I showed them how to do 

what you will learn in this course.
 
We had a 25 point gain in our
writing test scores in one year.

It works.

I hope you’ll join me.