This course focuses on the writing process and its role in literacy development. As students become fluent readers, they need to balance their literacy time with various types of writing. Participants apply research-based instructional strategies to integrate writing into all subject areas. Specific techniques such as mini-lessons, error analysis, conferencing and using portfolios are addressed. Each step of the writing process is examined as participants design units of study for their teaching practice.
Participants will be able to:
• Identify, define and explain all stages of the writing process
• Create learning experiences in which students respond to literature before, during and after reading
• Employ the use of writing portfolios to measure the growth of writing ability over time
• Examine ways to support the independence of reading and writing in the classroom