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Effective Strategies for Emergent and Early Writers (PreK-3)/Flex Course


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 presents a thorough review of the writing process. Teachers also learn how to address spelling and grammar in student writing. Assessment strategies, including rubrics, 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.

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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.

Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children's Literature, K-6” by Lynne R. Dorfman and Rose Cappelli

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

PDI Course Number: 44T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41466

Unit One

  • Writing Standards
  • Domains of Writing
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Developmental Stages of Writing
  • Language Experience Approach
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • The Writing Process
  • Stages of the Writing Process
  • Assignment #3: Respond to a classmate
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Spelling for Emergent and Early Writers
  • Grammar for Emergent and Early Writers
  • Literature as a Springboard for Writing
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Writer's Workshop
  • Writing and Technology
  • How to Evaluate Software
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Technology-Based Writing Lessons
  • Tips for Working with English Language Learners
  • Assignment #4: Create a writing activity for ten children's books
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)