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Strategic Literacy: Topics in Writing K-8 - #SPC17122

Graduate-Level Credit / Non-Credit Hours
3 Semester Credits or 45 Clock Hours

Course Description
This course is designed to provide an overview of and foundation for writing including current research components and practice.  Participants of this course will examine current writing research, study classroom pedagogy, and explore critical writing components as they apply to the 21st century classroom.  Foundational work will include studying the spectrum of writing development as well as learning to use mentor texts in the writing process.  Participants will examine teaching strategies to enhance specific genres of writing and develop sound assessment in both formative and summative measure.   Participants will evaluate a classroom culture of writing as well as implement and reflect on their own current practice.   
Global Goals of the Course
To deepen and/or apply the content and skills of the teacher’s existing professional knowledge base by meeting the following global goals of this course: 

1. To understand the philosophical and pedagogical belief systems of writing in relationship to the development of literacy (NBPTS  2,4; ISTE 5)
2. To develop an understanding of the continuum of writing development (NBPTS 2,3;  ISTE 1,5)
3. To explore current writing research and apply it to the development of a sound curriculum of writing (NBPTS 1,2,4,5; ISTE 1,2,3,4)
4. To analyze writing in a mentor text viewpoint and develop appropriate writing assignments with such knowledge (NBPTS 2,3,4; ISTE 3,5)
5. To acknowledge and respect the importance of risk-taking and play in the writers’ process (NBPTS 1,2,3; ISTE 1,3,5)
6. To examine specific genres of writing and adjust teaching methods to enhance each (NBPTS 2,3,4; ISTE 2,3)
7. To gain knowledge of the assessment process, utilizing the formative assessment process to guide instruction (NBPTS 1,2,3,4,5; ISTE 2,5)
8. To gain knowledge of the assessment process in order to complete accurate summative assessment (NBPTS 2,3,4,5; ISTE 2,3,5)
9. To analyze the ways in which writing is changing in the digital age and adjust practice to maximize student modalities and 21st century needs (NBPTS 1,2,4; ISTE 1,2,3,4,5)




By Angela Stalter
Reviewed 2 years ago
She was organized, motivating and easy to interact with during class discussions.

By Mary Jo Ellers
Reviewed 2 years ago
great instructor -- responsive and reasonable expectations

By Elizabeth Lutts
Reviewed 10 months ago
The course had many strong suggestions to help teachers improve their writing curriculum. The readings were beneficial. The instructor provided timely and helpful feedback.

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