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Effective Strategies to Improve Student Writing (4-12)/Flex Course


Do your students have trouble writing expository text such as persuasive essays, research papers, and analytical essays? Are you always asking them to be more descriptive in their narrative essays? This online course focuses on key writing skills. Details and strategies for every writing domain will be shared including graphic organizers, prompts, and rubrics for scoring. Each step of the writing process will also be explored. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"This course was fantastic. The course content was excellent. I like how there is a breakdown that makes sense for teaching writing." - Jason Green


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $149

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $379


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.

Joy Write: Cultivating High-Impact Low-Stakes Writing” by Ralph Fletcher

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: 42T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41465

Unit One

  • Writing Standards in the Classroom
  • Domains of Writing
  • Literature as an Inspiration for Writing
  • Tips for Working with English Language Learners
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Sensory/Descriptive Organizational Patterns
  • Sensory/Descriptive Prompts
  • Imaginative/Narrative Organizational Patterns
  • Imaginative/Narrative Prompts
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Practical/Informative Organizational Patterns
  • Practical/Informative Prompts
  • Analytical/Expository Organizational Patterns
  • Persuasive Organizational Patterns
  • Analytical/Expository Prompts
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Introduction to the Writing Process
  • Prewriting
  • Precomposing
  • Writing
  • Sharing/Responding
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Revising
  • Editing
  • Evaluating
  • Publishing
  • Teaching Mini-Lessons
  • Rubrics for Writing Assessment
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Writer's Workshop
  • Technology and Writing
  • Technology-Based Writing Lessons
  • Assignment #4: Develop a writing assignment for each of the four writing domains
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)