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May 15 @ 9:00 am July 9 @ 3:30 pm

Intentional Teaching in a Writers’ Workshop for Grades 3-8

Young student writing at a desk.

Use the readers’ workshop to elevate your students’ learning.

In this 8-week online graduate course for grades 3-8 teachers, learn how writers’ workshops can develop student writing fluency.

May 15 – July 9, 2023 (Summer Term I)
Number of Days:
8 weeks
Grade Levels:
Literacy Teaching
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
  • Classroom Teachers & Interventionists
Must be taken for graduate credit
Online Graduate Course
$2,050 ($650/credit + $20 registration fee + $30 technology fee + $50 copyright fee) + required texts
  • Course Number: EEDUC 6185.80
  • Fees are subject to change
Course Descriptions & Outcomes
Cancellation Deadlines & Refund Policies


In writers’ workshop, students learn 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. As a teacher in a writers’ workshop, you guide students through interactive and independent writing, minilessons, and topic investigations. 

This course for grades 3-8 teachers includes planning for instruction in small-group; individual conferring; and whole-group minilessons and share. You’ll engage in the writing process to build an understanding of theory and process around genre, craft, and conventions. 

Learn how to assess and plan instruction for all students, including those whose primary language is not English, using The Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum and other resources. 

By enrolling in an online graduate course, you have the flexibility to learn at your own pace with the support of a virtual community and have access to a variety of educational resources and materials at your convenience. 

Required Texts

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

  • Anderson, C. (2005). Assessing writers. Heinemann.
  • Fletcher, R. (1996). A writer’s notebook. Camelot Books.
  • Fletcher, R. (2017). The writing teacher’s companion: embracing choice, voice, purpose, and play. Scholastic 
  • Fountas, I.C.  & Pinnell, G.S. (2022, 2017).  The Fountas & Pinnell literacy continuum: A tool for assessment, planning, and teaching, expanded edition. Heinemann.
  • Shubitz, S. & Darfman, L.R. (2019). Welcome to writing workshop: Engaging today’s students with a model that works. Stenhouse.

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.

Nikki Drury, Literacy Trainer

Nikki worked as a literacy coach and teacher in public school for many years before joining the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative as an Intermediate Trainer. She has experience as a primary and intermediate classroom teacher and literacy instructional coach at the intermediate level. Over the years, she has worked with students, educators, and administrators to improve literacy outcomes.

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