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EDUC7549 Teaching Argument and Procedure Writing [S22](Rosa & O'Connor)

Started Feb 15, 2022

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Full course description

EDUC 7549 - Teaching Argument and Procedure Writing to K-8 students

(15 PDPs and 1 ALC credit)

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 arguments and procedures.  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 (February 15 - March 15, 2022)

  • Approximately 2 hours engaging in weekly modules that include lectures, interviews and looking at student work. 

  • Weekly 1 hour live sessions from 7:30 - 8:30PM (EST) on 02/15/22, 02/22/22, 03/01/22, 03/08/22, and 03/15/22.

  • 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
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  • School and grade level

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Course Facilitators

Cheryl O’Connor has been a teacher in the Boston Public Schools for almost three decades, all at the Russell Elementary School in Dorchester. Her passions for literacy and urban education, along with her school’s collaboration with The Lynch School at BC, led to her teamwork with Dr. Maria Brisk. She has worked with Dr. Brisk on writing instruction as a teacher, coach and colleague. They have published several articles and written curriculum together, as well as analyzed students’ writing from various states across the country. Cheryl has led district and school based professional development on the study of and implementation of the theory Systemic Functional Linguistics in the classroom.

Holly Rosa is a science educator with 15 years of experience in Boston Public Schools. She has taught science and engineering to students in elementary, middle, and high school. Holly has also served as the Assistant Director and the Director of Science,Technology/Engineering Department for the district. She has worked with Dr. Maria Estela Brisk on writing instruction as a teacher as well as collaborated to present at conferences. Holly is currently an elementary STEM specialist teacher and focuses on integrating different modalities into her teaching to support diverse learners. She is passionate about utilizing the outdoors for learning and providing students with opportunities to develop their identities as scientists and engineers.

Course Designer

Maria Brisk

Maria Estela Brisk is a Professor of Education at the Teacher Education, Special Education and Curriculum and Instruction Department, Lynch School of Education, Boston College.  She received her Ph. D. in linguistics and bilingual education at the University of New Mexico in 1972. Her research and teacher-training interests include elementary students’ writing development, bilingual education, bilingual language and literacy acquisition, methods of teaching literacy, and preparation of mainstream teachers to work with bilingual learners.  She is the author of numerous articles and books.

For the past 13 years Dr. Brisk has worked closely with K-8 schools to develop a genre-based writing program for their schools, preparing teachers and researching children’s writing development. Her book Engaging Students in Academic Literacies: Genre-based Pedagogy for K-5 Classrooms features the approach to teaching writing that emerged from the work in schools.  The approach has been helpful for all students including bilingual learners.

Professor Brisk, native of Argentina, is a fluent speaker of Spanish.