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K-12 Professionals

The Writer’s Notebook

EDUC 792 or 600




Instructor: Dr. Larry Napoleon

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Combination

Location: Course is available either online or print-based, ,

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $390

Partner Class Offered Through Learner's Edge

Course Description:

This course is centered around the powerful 6+1 Traits of Writing model, a centerpiece of many districts' literacy program. Teachers will learn how to implement a comprehensive student writing program in their classroom, improving their skills in planning, actual instruction and assessment of student writing. Recommended for grades 3-12.


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

1.  Understand how to initiate the writer's notebook.

2.  Identify mini-lessons to use in the classroom for improvement of writing skills.

3.  Explore the relationship/connection between reading and writing strategies.

4.  Analyze the connection between strong thinking skills and strong writing skills.


The required reading is found in the following text and supplement:
Buckner, Aimee. (2005). Notebook know how: strategies for the writer's notebook. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers.

Educational Leadership, Vol. 64 No.2 October (2006). ASCD: Alexandria, VA.

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