EDUC 7547 - Teaching Narrative Writing to K-8 students
This is one of three courses in a series on how to teach writing with a genre-based pedagogy that has a strong emphasis on language development. Using this genre-based pedagogy informed by systemic functional linguistics, participants will learn what and how to teach non-fiction narratives (Personal and procedural recounts, autobiographies, biographies, empathetic autobiographies, and historical recounts) and fictional narratives. Features of the genres demanded in elementary and middle schools will be learned and practiced. The strong emphasis on language development distinguishes this approach from others currently used in schools. The approach to teaching guides teachers in ways of apprenticing students to writing that builds confidence and success.
Course Schedule, Time Commitment and Activities
(January 12 - February 9, 2021)
The course will run five weeks and requires approximately 4 hours of weekly activities that are both done asynchronous (at your own pace) and done synchronous (live with the class and instructor).
- Approximately 2 hours engaging in weekly modules that include lectures, interviews and looking at student work.
- Weekly 1 hour live sessions from 7:30 - 8:30 pm EST 1/12/21; 1/19/21; 1/26/21; 2/2/21 and 2/9/21.
- Readings and assignments completed on a weekly basis.
There will be a variety of activities to facilitate acquiring the content of the course such as short lectures, readings and discussions. In addition, teachers will share how they implemented the unit with videos applying the approach in their classrooms, work with mentor texts and student work and affinity groups collaborations toward creating genre units. During live sessions students will have the opportunity to share experiences, answer questions, and clarify challenges.
Registration and Payment
1. Please enroll via the "$400 Enroll" button (above) if:
- You are paying for an individual enrollment via credit card
- You have paid for this course some other way and been given a promo code
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- School and grade level
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