Writing is a complex activity. Many students think of it as a skill or a talent (one that they may or may not possess), but writing is much more than that. Writing is a means of investigation and expression for learning in all grades and disciplines. Therefore, it is essential for every student to know how to write effectively.

In recent years, ideas about why and how to teach writing have evolved dramatically. In this course, you will examine effective approaches and best practices for helping students learn to write. You’ll learn how to reframe writing as a process that everyone can master, and provide the tools for guiding students through this process, including identifying structure, purpose, and audience. In addition, you will develop standards-based lessons that also engage students’ creativity and expression.

Writing can enrich learning and provide meaningful learning experiences. Using the tools from this course, you’ll be able to build the fluency of your students’ writing and effectively assess writing to direct instruction.