Professional Development Institute
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What's black and white and red all over? A struggling writer's essay. Writing is hard work, especially for the student who struggles. This online course is designed for teachers in grades 3-6 who want to help their struggling writers with key writing skills. Specific strategies will be introduced that improve student writing. Details on the writing process will be shared together with specific suggestions for incorporating writing strategies such as the six traits, the use of literature in tandem with writing, and writing across the curriculum. Information on writing and technology as well as assessment will also be shared. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.
"Very valuable. From the very first unit, I was discovering so many things that I will doing in my classroom next year. I wish I had been exposed to these ideas and resources years ago." - Tina Mischke
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.
“A Classroom Teacher's Guide to Struggling Writers:How to Provide Differentiated Support and Ongoing Assessment” by Curt Dudley-Marling and Patricia Paugh
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: 19T02
UCSD Course Number: EDUC41574