Course Description

Explores Mary Pipher's text, Writing to Change the World. Examines how giving to others gives people something to write about. Also reviews examples of others who are making a difference in their communities by studying stories in the text, Stone Soup for the World. Educators will complete a variety of writing exercises including poetry and narrative essay and examine how to use these ideas in the classroom. Participants will use the writing process to compose a letter, speech, or expository essay written for a real-world audience. The course is taught with the "teacher-as-writer", however, all writing exercises and assignments can be adapted for the classroom. The course is geared toward educators in grades 4-10.

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Section Title
Writing for Change and Real World Audiences
Delivery Options
Various Media  
Course Fee(s)
SPU Tuition credit (5 units) $495.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Section Notes

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 3 days of enrollment will receive a 100% refund. Withdrawal requests submitted within 21 days of enrollment will receive a 95 percent refund. No refunds will be given after 21 days, and no withdrawals will be accepted after the end date of the course. Please return all course materials you have received. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

Section Materials
  • (Mandatory) Writing to Change the World: An Inspiring Guide for Transforming the World with Words by Mary Pipher Riverhead Books ISBN 978-1594482533
  • (Mandatory) Stone Soup for the World: Life Changing Stories of Everyday Heroes by Marianne Larned Three Rivers Press ISBN 978-0609809693
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