In this teacher-training course, you will learn from an experienced educator how to motivate and assist developing writers. You will get an overview of the writing basics, focusing on the importance of the task, audience, and purpose. You will also discover how to organize your materials to create an inviting writing environment.
This six-week course will discuss each step of teaching writing and the strategies you can use with your students. You will also learn how to strengthen your students’ writing using technology. Along the way, you’ll develop engaging lessons for literary response, narrative writing, expository writing, and persuasive writing. You’ll will discover the secrets of effective writing assessment as you learn about evaluation tools like portfolios and rubrics. The approaches you learn in this course will enable you to put everything you know about teaching writing into an applicable, workable format.
Discuss the types of writers that emerge in grades 4-6 and find ways to encourage and motivate them. You will explore the basics of teaching writing by learning how to create an engaging writing task with a specific audience and purpose. Then, learn the importance of modeling your writing skills as you teach your students about the writing process.
Examine the last three steps of the writing process: revising, editing, and publishing. Then, focus on specific strategies to help students construct intriguing sentences that vary in length and style. You will also discover how to use technology as a tool for strengthening writing.
Explore how to foster an eagerness for writing and teach writing skills using children’s trade books. You will develop writing prompts that allow your students to effectively communicate their understanding of literature. Then, explore the skills students need to tell stories. You will learn how to help students create memorable characters, vivid settings, and descriptive plots.
Learn about three elements of expository writing: focus, support, and structure. You will discover ways to teach your students how to conduct research and take notes. Then, learn how to walk your students through the prewriting step, where they’ll choose a topic, decide on a position statement, and research evidence that supports their view.
Explore writing across the curriculum, and learn how to provide plenty of writing opportunities in every subject area. Then, learn practical strategies for teaching the six writing traits: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions.
Discover how to combine all the writing strategies you have learned and see how they fit into a Writer’s Workshop. You’ll be excited to discover how students can use the writing process, learn writing skills, practice different applications, and work collaboratively using the Writer’s Workshop model. Finally, learn how you can use assessment as a tool for improving both learning and teaching.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
When can I get started?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
How does it work?
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
How long do I have to complete each lesson?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
What if I need an extension?
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.