EDUO 9201: Balanced Literacy: Building a Community of Writers

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Course Overview

Participants will learn how to create a classroom environment that is conducive to writing and supports effective writing instruction for all learners, including struggling writers and English Language Learners. The continuum of skills that good writers possess will be reviewed. As they experience the writing process, participants will create a piece of their own writing.This self-guided course is designed for you, as a writer, to have fun and learn to focus on the skills that you will transfer to your students.

Course Objectives

By the end of Session 1, participants will be able to:

  • Build a community of writers.
    A. Create a classroom community that supports writing that is developmentally appropriate and culturally diverse.
    B. Construct a plan using information gained from readings to create a classroom environment that promotes good writing.

By the end of Session 2, participants will be able to:

  • Explore the stages of writing development.
    A. Understand the developmental stages of writing.
    B. Examine the connection between developmental stages of writing and grade level expectations and core learning standards.
    C. Focus on various strategies for developing writing abilities of all learners, including ELL students and struggling writers.

By the end of Session 3, participants will be able to:

  • Review the writing process.
    A. Understand the varying stages in the writing process.
    B. Plan instruction aimed at meeting these stages.
    C. Complete the writing process and develop a published piece to use as a model for students.

Course Materials – All Course Materials and Resources will be provided in the Full Syllabus


2. Professional Development Materials

  • Annotated Content and Essential Questions
  • Menu of Key Concepts and Related Resources

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Doug Fannin

B.A., M.Ed.

Secondary Public Schools; Collegiate level; Post Graduate level; Peace Corps 40+ years.

ESOL; ELD; English for Conference Interpretation; Counseling for Secondary ELD Students; Literacy and Writing Strategies; Ethnic Studies; Special Education.

My current educational goal is helping teachers reach their professional goals and to keep abreast of trends in the field of teaching.

Personal interests include: golf, tennis, yoga, reading and travel.