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Effective Strategies for Emergent and Early Writers (PreK-3)/Semester 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 focuses on helping teachers work with emergent and early writers. Teachers will learn many useful and practical strategies they can use to help young writers with specific lessons for narrative, informative, and persuasive writing, as well as basic research reports. Excellent children's literature is used to present many writing strategies. Additional topics include the writing process, writer's workshop, and using technology to produce and publish student writing. Assessment options for writing are also presented. Finally, effective strategies for helping struggling writers are also 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 $199

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $429


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 Writing Teacher's Companion” 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: 44AXX

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/Write an article reflection

Unit Two

  • Focus on Narrative Writing: Developing a Character
  • Focus on Narrative Writing: The Setting
  • Focus on Narrative Writing: Creating the Plot
  • Assignment #2: Share mentor texts

Unit Three

  • Focus on Persuasive Writing
  • Focus on Informative Writing
  • Writing How-To Books
  • Assignment #3: Develop writing assignments

Unit Four

  • Focus on Research Reports
  • Basic Note Taking
  • Helping Struggling Writers
  • Assignment #4: Select strategies for a struggling writer

Unit Five

  • The Writing Process
  • Writer's Workshop
  • Writing Assessment
  • Assignment #5: Develop a rubric

Unit Six

  • Strategies for Emergent Writers
  • Using Technology to Produce and Publish Writing
  • Apps for Student Writing
  • Assignment #6: Share a writing app or software
  • Assignment #7: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)