Effective Strategies for Emergent and Early Writers

(Grades PreK-3) / Flex Course

PDI Course Number: 44T02 / UCSD Course Number: EDUC41466


Course Description

Are you looking for effective ways to encourage your young writers? Do you need strategies for teaching students the foundations for writing success? This online course focuses on helping teachers work with emergent and early writers by understanding the developmental stages of writing. Teachers will learn many useful and practical strategies they can use to help young writers with specific strategies for narrative writing including developing a character, establishing the setting, and creating the plot. Additionally, strategies for teaching students how to write informative text, including how to write how-to books are shared as well as strategies for teaching persuasive writing. Tips for teaching basic research report writing are explored along with ideas for teaching basic note taking while conducting research. Excellent children’s literature is presented as a springboard for writing. Additional topics presented include the writing process, writer’s workshop, and using technology, including online apps, to both produce and publish student writing. Effective strategies for helping struggling writers are also shared. Assessment options for writing are presented that are specific to emergent and early writers. By the end of this course, teachers will have the tools they need to help their students become better and more effective writers. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units (50 hours of training) from University of California San Diego (UCSD) Division of Extended Studies. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

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Enrollment Options

Course Only

$124

Course with Credit from UCSD

$329

This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units or 5 quarter units of graduate-level credit from UCSD.

You have up to one year from the date you are enrolled to complete a flex course.


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UCSD Course Number: EDUC41466
Unit One
  • Writing Standards in the Classroom
  • Developmental Stages of Writing
  • Literature as a Springboard for Writing
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1
Unit Two
  • Focus on Narrative Writing: Developing a Character
  • Focus on Narrative Writing: The Setting
  • Focus on Narrative Writing: Creating the Plot
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2
Unit Three
  • Focus on Persuasive Writing
  • Focus on Informative Writing
  • Writing How-To Books
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3
Unit Four
  • Focus on Research Reports
  • Basic Note Taking
  • Helping Struggling Writers
  • Test #4
Unit Five
  • The Writing Process
  • Writer's Workshop
  • Writing Assessment
  • Test #5
Unit Six
  • Strategies for Emergent Writers
  • Using Technology to Produce and Publish Writing
  • Apps for Student Writing
  • Assignment #4: Create writing lessons
  • Assignment #5: Course Reflection

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