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Writer’s Workshop in the Elementary Classroom

EDUC 600

This online course focuses on helping teachers start a writer's workshop program in the classroom. The focus is on the components of writer's workshop as well as managing a writer's workshop classroom. Considerable time is also spent on developing mini-lessons, the writing process, and all of the writing domains. Ideas for writing assignments and projects will also be shared. Strategies for conducting several types of writing conferences will be presented. Teachers will also gain ideas for using literature as an example and inspiration for writing.

Objectives:

1. Teachers will become familiar with the writer’s workshop approach.
2. Teachers will become familiar with variations on the workshop approach.
3. Teachers will become familiar with the Common Core Standards for writing.
4. Teachers will learn how to manage a writer’s workshop.
5. Teachers will learn how to conduct effective writing conferences with students.
6. Teachers will learn how to conduct mini-lessons for a variety of purposes.
7. Teachers will explore each domain of writing.
8. Teachers will learn how to create prompts for writing in each domain.
9. Teachers will learn how to use technology to enhance student writing.
10. Teachers will learn specific ways to deal with each stage of the writing process in a writer’s workshop.
11. Teachers will learn how to train students to conduct peer to peer conferences.
12. Teachers will learn how to help students transition from narrative writing to expository writing.
13. Teachers will learn a variety of ways to assess students writing.
14. Teachers will learn best practices for each stage of the writing process.
15. Teachers will discover how literature can be used as an inspiration for writing.

Required Text:

“Revisiting the Writing Workshop: Management, Assessment, and Mini-Lessons” by Marybeth Alley and Barbara Orehovec

Text can be found at Amazon.com or at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0439926432/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=0439926432&link_code=as3&tag=profesdevel00

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