Topic: Reading/Literacy
Instructor: Jodi Slonaker
Method: Online (OWRK)
Sponsor: Teach n' Kids Learn, Inc.
Center Offered: OLPD

Course Description:

Building a Community of Writers (Grades 1-8)   

This course fosters opportunities for teachers to explore effective writing strategies to create a safe and brave learning environment where students can build their own confidence as writers. The goal of this course is to build a community of writers in which each and every student has a unique ‘student voice’ that is heard and mutually respected. Teachers will use the model of “Writer’s Workshop,’ which uses a variety of literary techniques dedicated for opportunities of student-centered authentic writing. This allows for diverse students’ ideas, personal beliefs, values, perspectives, and points of view to be expressed, such as, verbally and in their written works. Specifically, the Writer’s Workshop framework is based on the premise of several components to encourage real-life application of writing into daily life, including dialogue, and in conversations with their peers and with their teachers through conferencing and during share time. Participants will be exposed to a variety of strategies for students to use mentor texts and other resources that reflect racially and culturally diverse perspectives. Teachers will also explore a variety of writing strategies and techniques to establish positive classroom structures that are equitable for all students with instruction that is dedicated to student choice, enabling students’ multiple identities, unique experiences, and cultural practices are able to be articulated in many different ways. For example, writing instruction is targeted with short, concise mini-lessons focused on ‘author’s craft’ in order to teach students to write and express themselves as individual ‘authors.’. The underlying principles of this course allow for hands-on writing application so that students truly learn how to enjoy and become passionate about their own writing capabilities!


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Cost: $600
Timespan of Course:
September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021
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Course Number: EDU*6130*A12
Academic Term: 21/GW
Academic Level: GW
Semester Hours: 3.00
Subject: EDU