Teach students to be successful, confident writers.

In writers' workshops, students learn the writer’s craft and how to use writing for effective learning and communication. They explore genres, strategies, and skills that allow them to discover the power of the written word. As a teacher in a writers' workshop, you guide students through interactive and independent writing, minilessons, and topic investigations.

Take either of these 3-credit online courses on writers' workshop, individually or as an elective in the 18-credit online Graduate Certificate in Developing Literacy Expertise Through Responsive Classroom Teaching.

Course for Grades K–2

Online: September 3–October 27, 2019 (Fall Term I)

This course focuses on the structure of a writers’ workshop in grades K-2. Topics include assessing and planning for instruction in small-group teaching; individual conferring; and whole-group minilessons and share for all students, including English language learners.

Build an understanding of the theory and practice of how young children develop as writers, and how children’s writing changes over time, using The Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum and other resources. You'll engage in “teachers as writers” to experience the writing process and to develop their knowledge of genre, craft and conventions.

Course for Grades 3–8

Online: May 13–July 7, 2019 (Summer Term II)

The course includes planning for instruction in small-group; individual conferring; and whole-group minilessons and share. You'll engage in the writing process to build an understanding of theory and process around genre, craft, and conventions.

Learn how to assess and plan instruction for all students, including those whose primary language is not English, using The Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum and other resources.

Cost, Registration, & Cancellation

Grades K–2 Course (3 graduate credits)

  • $2,050 ($650/credit + $20 registration fee + $30 technology fee + $50 copyright fee) + required texts
  • Use EEDUC 6176.80 to register for graduate credit.

Grades 3–8 Course (3 graduate credits)

  • $2,050 ($650/credit + $20 registration fee + $30 technology fee + $50 copyright fee) + required texts
  • Use EEDUC 6185.80 to register for graduate credit.

Review the university's cancellation and refund policies for credit bearing courses.

Required Texts

  • Course for Grades K–2
    • Clay, M.M. (2010). How very young children explore writing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    • Horn, M. & Giacobbe, M.E. (2007). Talking, drawing, writing: Lessons for our youngest writers. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.
    • Laman, T.T. (2013). From ideas to words: Writing strategies for English language learners. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    • McCarrier, A., Pinnell, G.S. & Fountas, I.C. (2000). Interactive writing: How language & literacy come together, K-2. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. Chapters 5-8, and 13.
    • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2016). The Fountas and Pinnell literacy continuum, expanded edition: A tool for assessment, planning, and teaching, preK-8. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    • Ray, K.W. & Glover, M. (2011). Sit down and teach up. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. NOTE: This e-book is available as a pdf for use on a Mac or PC. If you have an IPad, it is recommended that you purchase it as an app from the ITunes store for $14.99. There are 16 writing conference videos included so it is a wonderful resource.
    • Ray, K.W. & Cleaveland, L.B. (2004). About the authors: Writing workshop with our youngest writers. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Course for Grades 3-8
    • Anderson, C. (2005). Assessing writers. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    • Fletcher, R. (1996). A writer’s notebook. New York, NY: Camelot Books.
    • Fletcher, R. & Portalupi, J. (2001). Writing workshop: The essential guide. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2001). Guiding readers and writers: Teaching comprehension, genre, and content literacy. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2016). The Fountas and Pinnell literacy continuum, expanded edition: A tool for assessment, planning, and teaching, preK-8. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

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