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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.

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.

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.

Week One

Lesson 01 - Growing Young Writers
Wednesday

What makes teaching writing so important for K-3 students? Your first lesson introduces the relevance of writing instruction in early elementary school. You will learn some practical ways to grow writers in your classroom and learn about providing role models and celebration and meeting students at their developmental and skill levels.

Lesson 02 - Growing Talkers
Friday

This lesson delves into the connections between oral language and writing. You will learn how varying literacy experiences at home affects young children's work when they first enter elementary school. You will also examine strategies for helping students move from oral language to writing.

Week Two

Lesson 03 - Growing Scribblers
Wednesday

This lesson explores the developmental stages of writing, starting with the scribbling stage and moving on to the letter-like symbols stage. Then you will visit a kindergarten classroom and a resource room to get some great tips for working with these young writers.

Lesson 04 - Growing Explorers
Friday

This lesson focuses on the strings of letter stage and the beginning sounds stage. And as you did in the last lesson, you will visit a kindergarten class and resource room to see how teachers work with students in these two stages.

Week Three

Lesson 05 - Growing Risk-Takers
Wednesday

When it comes to writing, young risk-takers are ready to make bold choices when they put their pens to the paper. This lesson introduces two developmental stages: Consonants Represent Words and initial, middle, and final sounds. You will also learn strategies help your students achieve success.

Lesson 06 - Growing Butterflies
Friday

This lesson explores the final two stages of developmental writing: transitional and standard spelling. The standard spelling stage is the goal for all students, although they'll always be works in progress as they move toward this goal.

Week Four

Lesson 07 - Writer's Workshop
Wednesday

There are many ways to hold successful writer's workshops. And this will be the focus in this lesson: examining the writer's workshop as a tool to meet your students' diverse needs. You will also learn the three components of a successful writer's workshop: the mini-lesson, writing time, and sharing time.

Lesson 08 - The Six Traits of Writing
Friday

What does great writing look like? There's no easy answer to this question, of course. And that's just what this lesson focuses on—defining and teaching great writing traits. You will learn the six traits of writing: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions.

Week Five

Lesson 09 - Conferencing With Students
Wednesday

This lesson focuses on writing conferences. You will be introduced to the different conferences types and how to effectively conduct your own conferences with students at varying developmental levels. You will also learn about rubrics and how to use them to assess student writing.

Lesson 10 - Navigating Roadblocks
Friday

How do you help students who struggle with some of the physical aspects of writing? In this lesson, you will learn how to navigate roadblocks such as trouble with fine motor skills, posture, and stamina. You will also explore specific tactics for reversing letter reversals.

Week Six

Lesson 11 - Getting Into Genres
Wednesday

This lesson is all about genres: narrative, expository, procedural, persuasive, and transactional. You will learn how genre study motivates students and increases writing and reading comprehension skills. You will also examine the components of each genre and incorporate them into their classroom instruction.

Lesson 12 - Teamwork Gets It "Write": Building the Home-School Connection
Friday

The final lesson focuses on working with parents to support their young writers at home. You will learn how to have productive conferences with parents about their children's writing. You will also examine answers to some common (and often tough.) parent questions.

 
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  • New sessions starting monthly with lessons and assignments released weekly.
  • 2-4 hours a week in a convenient six-week format.
  • Interactive learning environment. Classroom built around discussion areas where you can engage with classmates and instructors.
  • Expert instructors develop, lead, and interact with students in each course.
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  • Courses are designed to be completed within 6-12 weeks.
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