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Tch Report And Expl Writ [EDUC7548.02 2020U]

Ended Jun 30, 2020

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Course Series: Teaching the Genres of Writing to K-8 students

Series Description

Using a genre-based pedagogy with strong emphasis on language development, participants will learn what and how to teach writing.  The approach has been developed and tested for over 10 years in multiple elementary and K- 8 schools. The content has been distributed among 3 one-credit courses each focusing on a set of genres.

Maximum enrollment per course: 20 participants. An additional section will be open when the first one reaches maximum enrollment.

EDUC 7548 - Teaching Report and Explanation Writing to K-8 students

(15 PDPs)

This is a project-based course where groups of participants will collaborate to develop a writing unit in a genre appropriate for their grade level. Using a genre-based pedagogy informed by systemic functional linguistics, participants will learn what and how to teach reports and explanations in the context of social studies and/or science. 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
(June 1 - June 30, 2020)

  • 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 6/2/20; 6/9/20; 6/16/20; 6/23/20 and 6/30/20.

  • 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.



  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

    Please note that in order to register you will be asked to create an account for Boston College with a username and password if you do not already have one. 

  1. After registering, please send an email to with the following information:

    • Name
    • Email
    • School and grade level


  1. Confirm and accept registration via the email from (Canvas Catalog at Boston College) which you will receive once you’ve registered. Email will be sent to the address you used to create account

If you are using a Lynch School Voucher:
Voucher participants - To take this course as a non-degree student and receive 1 graduate credit please click here


Purchase Order payments are possible.  Please contact Jean McDonald to arrange payment at or 617-552-2226.

Overall questions about the course can be directed to Elizabeth MacDonald:


Course Facilitator