During this course, participants will learn instructional strategies to teach students in the upper elementary grades how to write narrative and informational text. Participants will explore how to teach their students about the traits of good writing through mini-lessons, writing conferences, and using established evaluation criteria. Thinking about writing as a process, participants will consider how to organize instruction to guide students through the many stages of writing and will go through the instructional cycle from writing prompt to revision as they create their final projects.

This course provides professional development aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) for Writing through readings, activities and classroom applications of teaching strategies. The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts establish what students should know but not how teachers should teach. This course is designed to help teachers learn instructional strategies that guide students to reach these new challenging content standards. Specific Common Core State Standards for ELA Writing addressed by this course are listed in the Standards section on this page.