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RRVWP: Smr Writing Open Inst 2018

ENGL 2000




Instructor: Angela Hase

Grading: Letter

Monday, July 23, 2018 - Friday, July 27, 2018

Meet M-F {9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.}

Location: Legacy High School, Bismarck, ND

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $100

Course Description:

The Summer Open Institute offers participants a place to read and discuss ideas about the teaching of writing and using writing to teach—plus time to write. Participants will learn a variety of instructional strategies in the C3WP (College, Career, and Community Writers Program) that use argument writing to improve reading comprehension and content learning and will also engage in writing themselves as a way to reconnect with the process of writing as students experience it. The C3WP has been thoroughly researched by SRI International, an independent research organization--with excellent results in student writing. Through the reading, writing, and research conducted during the Summer Open Institute, participants will develop leadership capacity in teaching writing aligned with and exceeding the Common Core State Standards.

The Red River Valley Writing Project is a site of the National Writing Project, a 40-year-old organization dedicated to improving student writing through a model of “teachers teaching teachers.” The NWP is a professional development network that serves teachers of writing at all grade levels, primary through university, and in all subjects. The mission of the NWP is to improve student achievement by improving the teaching of writing and improving learning in the nation’s schools.


  • Participants will grow in the understanding of teaching and learning of argument writing through readings, reflecting upon their own teaching experiences, and learning from other experienced teachers.
  • Participants will demonstrate growth in giving response to writers by modeling responses in class and by describing appropriate classroom strategies.
  • Participants will become familiar with the College, Career, and Community Writing Program (C3WP) for teacher development and instructional use.
  • Participants will create and present their own teaching demonstrations (based on the C3WP mini units).

Texts & Readings:

  • Fletcher, Jennifer. Teaching Arguments: Rhetorical Comprehension, Critique, and Response. Portland, ME: Stenhouse. 2015. Print.
  • Graff, Gerald and Cathy Birkenstein. They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing. New York: Norton, 2006. Print.
  • Harris, Joseph. Rewriting: How to Do Things with Texts. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press. 2006. Print.

About The Instructor

Angela Hase

Angela received her M.S. with emphasis in Literacy from Moorhead State University and her B.S. in English Education from Minnesota State University. Angela has 11+ years teaching experience.

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