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September 4 @ 9:00 am October 27 @ 3:30 pm

Intentional Teaching of the Writing Process in Grades 3-8

Learn how to develop intermediate and middle school students’ proficiency and passion for writing.

In this 8-week online course for grades 3-8 teachers, you will learn how to strengthen students’ understanding of the writing process through the use of mentor texts, writers’ notebooks, and genre study.

September 4- October 27, 2024 (Fall Term I)
Number of Days:
8 weeks
Grade Levels:
Literacy Teaching
  • Classroom Teachers & Interventionists
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
Earn 3 graduate credits
Online Course
$2,700 ($875/credit + $25/credit comprehensive fee) + required texts
  • Course Number: EEDUC 6185.80
  • Fees are subject to change
Course Description & Outcomes
Cancellation Deadline & Refund Policies


Intermediate and middle school students learn about the writer’s craft and how to use writing for effective learning and communication. They explore genres, strategies, and skills that allow them to discover the power of the written word.

In this course, you will learn how to assess and plan for instruction during small-group, individual, and whole-group instruction, with an emphasis on meeting the needs of your multi-lingual learners. Throughout the course you will explore the use of a writer’s notebook, study the use of mentor texts in the development of students’ writing, and learn about organizational structures to manage the writing classroom.

Required Texts

You are responsible for purchasing/having access to the following professional texts for this course:

  • Anderson, C., & Glover, M. (2024). How to become a better writing teacher. Heinemann
  • Bomer, K., & Arens, C. (2020). A teacher’s guide to writing workshop essentials: Time, choice, response grades K-5.
  • Clay, M.M. (2010). How very young children explore writing. Heinemann.
  • Laman, T.T. (2013). From ideas to words: Writing strategies for English language learners. Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I.C., & Pinnell, G.S. (2022). The Fountas and Pinnell literacy continuum, expanded edition: A tool for assessment, planning, and teaching, preK-8. Heinemann.
  • Fletcher, R. (2023). A writer’s notebook: Unlocking the writer within you, Revised edition. Harper Collins Publishers.

This option must be taken for 3 graduate credits. Take the course individually or as an elective in our 18-credit Online Graduate Certificate in Developing Literacy Expertise Through Responsive Classroom Teaching.

Gen Arcovio, Literacy TrainerHeadshot of Genevieve Arcovio

Gen worked as a literacy specialist and teacher in public schools for many years before joining the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative as a Literacy Trainer. She has experience as a Reading Recovery teacher, classroom teacher, interventionist, and literacy coach. Over the years, she has worked with many students, educators, and administrators in the area of literacy acquisition and learning. 

Interested in professional learning at your school or district? Schedule a meeting with one of our trainers.