Creating Enthusiastic Student Writers (Secondary)

The focus for this course is intended to provide opportunities for teachers to create a learning environment which allows students to thrive as writers. Teachers will master the foundations for student authentic writing using the model and framework of “Writer’s Workshop”. These strategies can be adapted and modified into each teacher’s classroom using these best writing practices and provide a context for implementation within the classroom.

Teachers will work through the process of teaching students how to communicate clearly to an external, sometimes unfamiliar audience, and must learn how to adapt the form and content of their writing to accomplish a particular task and purpose. Participants will review practical methods for developing their student’s capacity to build knowledge on a subject through research projects and to respond analytically to literary and informational sources. The Writer’s Workshop framework is based upon the premise of three components to encourage the real-life application of writing into daily life, such dialogue and building confidence with student writing, through short, concise mini-lessons, leading into independent writing/conferencing and concluding with share time.

This course will address strategies for teachers who work with students in Grades 6-8. The underlying principles, which focus on best practices for writing using specific strategies, are the heart and inspiration for this course. These principles allow for hands-on learning applications so that students can truly enjoy and become passionate about their own writing capabilities!

This course is divided into the following modules:

  1. Building a Foundation for Writing
  2. Using Mini-Lessons
  3. An In-Depth Look at Author’s Craft Mini-Lessons
  4. A Closer Look at Revising and Editing with the Standards
  5. Building Confidence of Writers Using Effective Collaborative Strategies
  6. Putting Everything Together to Promote Student Mastery





Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy


Designing Coherent Instruction


Engaging Students in Learning