NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Writers Workshop in the Elementary Classroom

EDUC 600




Instructor: Kimberly Nielsen

Grading: Letter

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Section 2: April 9 - May 28, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Partner Course Fee: $695

Course Description:

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.


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

Special Instructions:

The total cost includes the NDSU graduate credit however textbook(s) are not included.

**Registration Instructions:

You will be directed to the IGS website for registration.

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