Course Description

This course is designed to provide an overview of and foundation for writing including current research components and practice. Participants of this course will examine current writing research, study classroom pedagogy, and explore critical writing components as they apply to the 21st century classroom. Foundational work will include studying the spectrum of writing development as well as learning to use mentor texts in the writing process. Participants will examine teaching strategies to enhance specific genres of writing and develop sound assessment in both formative and summative measure. Participants will evaluate a classroom culture of writing as well as implement and reflect on their own current practice.

Learner Outcomes

By the conclusion of the course, each participant should be able to do the following:

  1. Develop a framework of sound writing instruction
  2. Recognize the link between student writing success and the classroom environment
  3. Create a writing atmosphere that differentiates for all writers
  4. Analyze how writers grow by producing writing in different genres
  5. Provide a basis of explicit writing instruction
  6. Learn assessment methods to aid in the process of writing


System Requirements
  • Computer with word processing software
  • Internet access connection

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Section Title
Strategic Literacy: Topics in Writing K-8
Start Now, you have 84 days to complete this course once enrolled.
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $500.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with The Connecting Link.

Course is self-Paced. Completion time: up to 12 weeks from initial log in to course. Participants are required to log in within 60 days of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

Amber Bechard is the course facilitator

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