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Teaching Writing: Grades K-3

In this course you will examine the developmental stages of writing, from scribbling to the standard spelling stage, so that you can foster your students’ skills and gently nudge them to grow as authors. This course is full of practical ideas that you can use to motivate students in your classroom.

You will look at tools such as the writer’s workshop, the six traits of writing, and genre studies for ways to teach students about writing. You will see how each of these tools can be used by you to encourage early elementary writers. As your students become better writers, they will become better readers, and you will see how well reading and writing instruction work together to support each other.

This course also covers ways to support the writers who struggle. You will explore techniques for getting parents involved so that they can help with writing at home. By the end of this course, you will have a new enthusiasm for teaching that will ignite your students’ love of writing!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Teaching Writing: Grades K-3 Reviews

Teaching Writing: Grades K-3 Details + Objective

Course Code: twk

You Will Learn
  • Learn the different stages of writing development and get great tips for working with young writers
  • Discover ways to set up a successful Writer’s Workshop in your classroom
  • Learn about the six traits of writing and how to teach these skills to writers at every developmental stage
  • Learn to conference effectively with students about their writing
  • Learn to use rubrics to assess student writing
  • Discover ways to incorporate genre into writing lessons to motivate students and increase writing and reading comprehension skills
  • Learn successful ways to involve parents in their child’s learning
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Successfully incorporate writing techniques that will best fit the needs of your students
  • Be inspired by watching actual teachers incorporate the techniques you are learning about
  • Create an enthusiasm in your teaching that will ignite your students to love writing
  • Learn to get parents involved in encouraging their child’s writing
Teaching Writing: Grades K-3 Outline
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Week 1

In your first lesson, you will discover the relevance of writing instruction in early elementary school, and look at some practical ways to grow writers in your classroom. You will learn about how to provide role models, have celebrations, and meet the students at their developmental and skill levels. Then you will look at the connections between oral language and writing. You will discover strategies for helping students move from oral language to writing and see some K-3 teachers in action.

Week 2

Begin to explore the developmental stages of writing, starting with the scribbling stage and moving on to the letter-like symbols stage. You will visit a kindergarten classroom and a resource room to get some great tips for working with these young writers. Then, you will focus on the letter writing stage where students begin to explore writing with confidence. You will see actual teachers working with students in these stages.

Week 3

In this lesson, you will discover ways students take risks and are ready to make bold choices when they put their pens to paper.  You will discover how students increase their knowledge of sound to letters, learn how to incorporate vowels, and expand the details in their writing. Then, you will explore the transitional and standard spelling stages of development. You will learn ways to grow your writers in these stages and visit some classrooms to see teachers in action.

Week 4

Examine the writer’s workshop and discover how to use it as an effective tool to meet the diverse needs of all of your writers. You will learn about the components of a successful writer’s workshop:  mini lesson, writing time, and sharing. You will visit some teachers to see how they implement a writer’s workshop and incorporate it into their curriculum. Then, you will learn how to define and teach the six traits of great writing. These traits consist of ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. You will again visit some classrooms to see teachers working with this method.

Week 5

This lesson will focus on wring conferences. You will learn about the different types of conferences and how to conduct effective conferences with students at varying developmental levels. You will discover rubrics and how to use them to assess student writing. Then you will learn how to help those students who struggle with some of the physical aspects of writing. You will discover how to navigate roadblocks such as trouble with fine motor skills, posture, and stamina.  You will also learn some specific tactics for reversing letter reversals.

Week 6

In these last lessons, you will look at the different genres:  narrative, expository, procedural, persuasive, and transactional writing. You will discover how genre study motivates students and increases their writing and reading comprehension skills.  You will examine the components of each genre and watch teachers incorporate these genres into their classroom instruction. Finally, you will discuss how to work with parents to support their young writers at home. You will discover how to have productive conferences with parents about their children’s writing, and examine answers to some common parent questions. You will learn about a great activity you can organize for your students and their parents: Family Writing Night.

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Teaching Writing: Grades K-3 Instructors
Sara Hardin

Working with special needs students became a passion for Sara Hardin in seventh grade, when she volunteered at a summer camp for physically disabled children. Their willingness to keep trying new things despite serious obstacles impressed her and inspired her to become a special educator. She has taught special education for nine years, mostly at the elementary level. She completed her master’s degree in special education in 2000.

Teaching Writing: Grades K-3 Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Teaching Writing: Grades K-3 Frequently Asked Questions
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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 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?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 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 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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