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Teaching Nonfiction Writing

EDUC 600

3 CREDITS

$350

Online

Instructor: Judy Kvaale

Grading:

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:

Research supports the importance of teaching students to write nonfiction, yet 95% of writing in K-3 classrooms is personal narrative and fiction. Nonfiction writing is much more than writing personal narratives. In this course participants will be introduced to authentic forms of nonfiction writing such as, Instructional Writing, Descriptive Reports, Scientific Explanations, Persuasive Writing and Nonfiction Narrative, along with learning a step-by-step process on how to teach each form. The course also addresses conventional spelling, assessment strategies, students' "sense of voice", whole-class, small group, and individual support and how to help children locate, interpret, record, publish and share information.

Objectives:

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

1.  Formulate a research-based rationale for teaching nonfiction writing. (synthesis)

2.  Identify and understand the four major considerations (locate, interpret, record, and publish and share information) to help children become researchers. (application, knowledge)

3.  Recognize stages students go through to become conventional spellers. (analysis)

4.  Understand the components of instructional writing, descriptive reports, scientific explanations, persuasive writing and nonfiction narrative. (comprehension)

5.  Design lesson plans for instructional writing, descriptive reports, scientific explanations, persuasive writing and nonfiction narrative. (synthesis)

6.  Evaluate and design assessments for various forms of nonfiction writing (evaluation, synthesis)

7.  Understand ways to provide whole-class, small-group, and individual support. (comprehension)

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

Texts/Readings:

The required reading is found in 1 text and a collection of web sites:

Text:
Stead, Tony (2002) Is That a Fact? Teaching Nonfiction Writing K-3. Portland, Maine: Stenhouse.

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