I enjoyed this course. The information presented was very useful. There were some excellent graphics included, like the submarine sandwich and wheel, which I intend to use in my classroom. Overall, I just really enjoyed this course and am charged up to begin teaching again! I took many notes, and intend to refer to them throughout my school year. Thank you."
Wonderful, extremely informative class. Excellent teacher who really made learning enjoyable and fun!"
Your course got me excited to teach writing in the classroom once again! I found the material to be interesting and useful."
This course was excellent. I learned a lot and reflected on a lot of the practices as I went through the material. Our instructor was not only very knowledgeable in her field, she was also very personable and resourceful in her responses to our discussion area sessions. Thank you!"
I really enjoyed this course! The information was so well-organized. I know I'll be able to apply much of what I've learned to my teaching. Melanie is clearly very knowledgeable. I appreciated that the course was extremely hands-on and teacher-friendly. I've taken many online courses, but this has been the best, by far. Thanks again for a great class!"
I loved this course! It was full of excellent ideas for implementing an interesting and effective writing program in the upper grades classroom. Thank you so much! I walked away from this course with a greater understanding of the writing process as well as so many ideas that I can't wait to try out."
This course was an excellent course. It will help me in the fall to engage and help students with writing. The instructor was knowledgeable and informative and I learned a lot from her."
This course was wonderful! As a fifth-grade teacher home on maternity leave, I was able to get a complete overview of teaching writing to upper elementary students. Not only was it all-encompassing, I learned many new terms, strategies, and fun lesson ideas I could incorporate into my classroom the next day. The course was totally relevant and very interesting. Thank you!"
This was an outstanding course taught by an excellent instructor. I would highly recommend this course to others. I got more than my money's worth in taking this class. Thank you."
Writing can be a dreadful chore and an insurmountable challenge for some students. "Teaching Writing: Grades 4-6" provides a strategic road map with many exciting adventures along the way. Because she has taught in public schools and has been in the trenches herself, Melanie Park recognizes the problems writing presents and gives practical advice for solving them. Every lesson is a precise how-to with varied suggestions for implementation. As a student, I have been challenged to think about writing in many novel ways and am grateful for the step-by-step techniques and strategies outlined in this course."
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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.
For the last 15 years, Melanie Park has shared her passion for writing with students in preschool through middle school. Her classroom teaching experience includes serving as the language arts teacher for her school district's gifted program. Melanie graduated with Highest Distinction from Indiana University where she earned a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in language education. This prepared her to work with fellow teachers as a reading and writing consultant. Melanie is excited to share her love of literacy with more educators through online courses.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
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.
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.
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.