EDUC 653 Middle School Through Adult Writing Instruction

EDUC 654 PK Through Elementary Writing Instruction

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Renee Williams
Fall: September 25 - November 17, 2017

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You Will Learn How to

  • Enhance student writing through meaningful assessment
  • Build the reading/writing connection using mentor texts
  • Use digital tools in the writing process
  • Use the writing process with multiple ways to teach
    Organizing and developing a message/drafting
    Revising/changing, rewriting, clarifying, deleting and regrouping text
    Editing/grammar, punctuation and spelling corrections
    Preparing product for publication/sharing
  • Engage students in the art of writing well
  • Develop time-saving assessment and feedback strategies using rubrics
  • Make connections between the Common Core and writing across the curriculum

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your district to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development
Phone: 715-232-2693

Who Should Enroll?

  • ESL/ELL teachers
  • Elementary teachers
  • Middle school and high school English and language arts teachers
  • K-12 teachers interested in writing across the curriculum
  • Special education teachers
  • Technical and community college writing instructors
  • Curriculum coordinators
  • Individuals working with incarcerated youth outside of traditional K-12 education

You may enroll in this course for

  • professional development
  • continuing education refresher course
  • license renewal
  • graduate credits
  • transfer credit to another university

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.

Course Descriptions

EDUC 653 Middle School Through Adult Writing Instruction 
Course Description: Concepts, instructional methods and assessment strategies for improving writing instruction, middle school through post-secondary. Self-assessment strategies, technology and software applications, and writing across the curriculum.

EDUC 654 PK Through Elementary Writing Instruction   
Course Description: Application of the 6-Traits approach to assessment and instruction of student writing in PK through grade 5. Study of the continuum of primary and elementary language arts skills and writing across the curriculum.


An e-textbook is included as part of your course tuition.

Textbook for PK-3 teachers:
Spandel, Vicki, (2011). Creating Young Writers: Using the Six Traits to Enrich Writing Process in Primary Classrooms (3rd Edition) (Creating 6-Trait Revisers and Editors Series), Pearson Education.ISBN: 978-0132685856

Textbook for Grades 4*, 5, Middle School, High School, and Adult Ed teachers:
Spandel, Vicki. (2012). Creating Writers: 6 Traits, Process, Workshop, and Literature (6th Edition). Pearson. ISBN: 978-0132944106

*4th grade teachers, ESL, Special Ed, and teachers working in 'inclusive' classrooms could benefit from using both books.

No travel to campus required.

  • Participate 24/7 from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
  • The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
  • All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
  • Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.
  • There are no required "live" chat sessions.
  • This is not a self-paced class.


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University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI 54751
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Our Students Say...

"This course has reignited the fire for teaching that I once had. "

"Renee is so positive; she opens eyes to different schools of thought and doesn't just give you answers but encourages you to discover the answers on your own. "

"This course, while helping me improve my writing instruction, also helped me improve my instruction overall."

"I have two bachelor degrees under my belt and countless grad classes. This class was the best, most engaging, most educational, most useful, best feedback....just wonderful."


"I think the best thing I could have done for future students was to take this class and refresh my teaching skills."

"We had a truly international classroom. Only about half us were teaching in the US. Several were teaching in Department of Defense Schools overseas. We were a good mix of novice and veteran teachers."





Contact Us

School of Education
Email: Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715-232-2693


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