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Writer's Workshop in the Elementary Classroom (K-6)/Flex Course


Have you always wanted to start a writer's workshop program in your classroom but were not sure how to begin? This online course gives you all the basics including management tips and suggestions. Writing domains and the writing process are also emphasized. Teachers will also gain valuable resources for using literature to enhance a writer's workshop program. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"I had very limited knowledge of the writer's workshop coming into this course. After completion, I now feel that I could successfully structure and manage a workshop in my classroom. The resources were valuable, especially the course text, in providing examples and authentic experiences that can be applied directly to instruction." - Katrina Kling


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $135 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $342


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

The Unstoppable Writing Teacher” by M. Colleen Cruz

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 86T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41485

Unit One

  • Introduction to Writer's Workshop
  • Managing the Writer's Workshop
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Teaching Mini-Lessons
  • Writing Conferences
  • Prewriting
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Writing
  • Revision
  • Editing
  • Sharing
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Publishing
  • Evaluating
  • Sensory/Descriptive Domain
  • Imaginative/Narrative Domain
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Analytical/Expository Domain
  • Practical/Informative Domain
  • Peer to Peer Writing Conferences
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Writing Assessment
  • Literature as an Inspiration for Writing
  • Assignment #4: Create a writer's workshop plan
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)