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K-12 Professionals

Guided Writing

EDUC 600




Instructor: Judy Kvaale


Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $350

Partner Class Offered Through eEducators

Course Description:

There is a growing concern regarding the number of students struggling with writing and performing below proficient writing standards. How do we get students to enjoy writing while meeting the standards? Guided Writing is your answer.Guided Writing is an effective process of guiding students to write independently through scaffolded writing instruction. Scaffolded writing instruction includes identifying examples, modeling, shared writing, guided writing, independent writing, and guided conferring. Guided Writing fits neatly into any writing program, such as writing workshop and the six-traits model of instruction. It is also effective with both struggling writers and gifted writers. Guided Writing provides teachers time to work closely with flexible groups of students based on a common need affording the opportunities to differentiate and meet individual needs.

This course addresses scaffolded writing instruction steps through various writing projects, such as personal narratives, author's craft, patterned writing, expository writing, story plays and poetry. You will also discover the graphic organizers most effective for writing along with means of assessing writing projects.


As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

1.  Formulate a research-based rationale for integrating guided writing into teaching practices (synthesis).
2.  Understand why students struggle with writing (comprehension).

3.  Examine and discover how to support student writers using guided writing (analysis, application).

4.  Understand and apply the scaffolding writing instruction steps (indentifying examples, modeling, shared writing, guided writing, independent writing, guided conferring) (comprehension, application).

5.  Recognize and understand the components to conducting effective writing conferences (analysis, comprehension).

6.  Evaluate and identify graphic organizers that can be used with writing (evaluation,  knowledge).

7.  Develop an understanding of noisy poems, personal narrative writing, patterned writing, author’s craft and expository writing (application).

8.  Evaluate and design assessments for various writing activities (evaluation, synthesis).

9.  Select standards that align with various writing activities (evaluation).


Oczkus, Lori D. (2007) Guided Writing Practical Lessons, Powerful Results. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

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