BUILDING EFFECTIVE WRITING PROMPTS FOR ALL STUDENTS – VCSU COURSE

(1 Graduate Semester Credit) For student essays to be detailed and thorough, a well- planned writing prompt is the first step in supporting your students. This course teaches you five main types of writing prompts: narrative, creative, expository, persuasive, and reading response. You’ll learn a simple structure to follow when designing each writing prompt plus examples representative of grades k-12 writing expectations. You will design an action plan for your classroom, develop an additional resource to support your plan, and analyze research to support implementation in the classroom. The course ends with you designing an implementation plan designed to ensure you are successful incorporating the lesson concepts, ideas, and resources into a future lesson.

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COURSE DETAILS:
  • Total Price: $165
  • This price includes a $95 One-time fee now + $70/Credit when you finish your course

  • Credit Type: Graduate-Level Credit
  • Credits: 1 Semester Credits
  • 11 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course

CONTENT AREAS:

  • ELA, Reading/Writing
  • Lesson & Curriculum Planning
  • Teaching Strategies
  • Testing Strategies
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Course Objectives & What You Will Learn in this Course:

What You Will Learn
  • Learn the components for each of the five main types of writing prompts
  • Analyze sample writing prompts representative of grade levels k-12
  • Build a writing prompt plan aligned to a specific instructional goal

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Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

How can I develop a writing prompt that will help my students best demonstrate mastery of content and skills?

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I am excited to create a classroom of stronger writers through my gained knowledge from this course. I loved learning about the elements of a fully developed writing prompt. Now I can take this back to my team to make sure we all are creating effective writing prompts!

-Middle School Teacher

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  1 Graduate-Level Semester Credits:

At the conclusion of this course, you will earn 1 Graduate-Level Semester Credits

This course falls under Valley City State University’s (VCSU) EDUC 2000 numbering system, for the purposes of credential/licensure designed primarily for electives or professional development/salary advancement purposes. This course is for 1 Credits and requires a minimum passage grade of 80%. Model Teaching is an accredited partner with VCSU. Upon course completion, you will be provided with 1 graduate-level semester credits, along with an official transcript and letter grade from VCSU for you to submit to your district or state department of education for your licensing and/or salary advancement needs.

REGIONALLY ACCREDITED · OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT PROVIDED · INCLUDES A LETTER GRADE

Model Teaching has helped thousands of teachers across the country meet their relicensing requirements.  This course is offered in partnership with Valley City State University.

VCSU is a public, regional university originally founded in 1890. Since its founding, VCSU has grown into an innovative state university, offering exceptional learning programs and learner-centered education throughout the central midwest. Regionally-accredited, including accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), VCSU offers continuing education courses to educators through private partnerships such as Model Teaching. Model Teaching’s graduate-level credit courses provided through VCSU are designed primarily for professional development/salary advancement & license renewal purposes. All online VCSU-partnered courses taken through Model Teaching will include access to graduate-level credit through VCSU along with an official transcript and letter grade.

Valley City State University is regionally-accredited and accredited by the following bodies:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC), formerly the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • American Association of School Librarians (AASL-CAEP)

All VCSU-partnered Model Teaching courses will include access to graduate-level credit through VCSU along with an official transcript and letter grade.

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Please confirm your specific district or state requirements for license renewal prior to registering and feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about our graduate-level courses.

Model Teaching has helped thousands of teachers across the country meet their relicensing requirements.  This course is offered in partnership with Valley City State University.

VCSU is a public, regional university originally founded in 1890. Since its founding, VCSU has grown into an innovative state university, offering exceptional learning programs and learner-centered education throughout the central midwest. Regionally-accredited, including accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), VCSU offers continuing education courses to educators through private partnerships such as Model Teaching. Model Teaching’s graduate-level credit courses provided through VCSU are designed primarily for professional development/salary advancement & license renewal purposes. All online VCSU-partnered courses taken through Model Teaching will include access to graduate-level credit through VCSU along with an official transcript and letter grade.

Valley City State University is regionally-accredited and accredited by the following bodies:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC), formerly the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • American Association of School Librarians (AASL-CAEP)

All course work completed will include an Official Transcript and Letter Grade, ready to submit to your district or state authority.

Please confirm your specific district or state requirements for salary advancement prior to registering and feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about our graduate-level courses.

Course Sections

Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – Types of Writing Prompts

Learn the five types of writing prompts covered in this course, two methods for assessment them, and reflect on a past prompt you created or were assigned.

Section 2 – Narrative Writing Prompts

Learn the components of a narrative writing prompt, then reflect on how to develop your own narrative writing prompt for a lesson aligned to your content or grade level.

Section 3 – Creative Writing Prompts

Learn the components of a creative writing prompt, then reflect on how to develop your own creative writing prompt for a lesson aligned to your content or grade level.

Section 4 – Expository Writing Prompts

Learn the components of an expository writing prompt, then reflect on how to develop your own expository writing prompt for a lesson aligned to your content or grade level.

Section 5 – Persuasive Writing Prompts

Learn the components of a persuasive writing prompt, then reflect on how to develop your own persuasive writing prompt for a lesson aligned to your content or grade level.

Section 6 – Reading Response Writing Prompts

Learn the components of a reading response writing prompt, then reflect on how to develop your own reading response writing prompt for a lesson aligned to your content or grade level.

Professional Development Course Resources

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course
The course comes with 11 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!
These Include:

  • Types of Assessments Quick Reference Guide
  • Creative Writing Prompt Template With Samples
  • Expository Writing Prompt Template With Samples
  • Narrative Writing Prompt Template With Samples
  • Persuasive Writing Prompt Template With Samples
  • Reading Writing Prompt Template With Samples
  • Sample Writing Prompts
  • Writing Prompt & Assessment Lesson Plan Template with Sample
  • Effectiveness Rubric
  • Implementation Observation Checklist with Sample

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  • Once your course is complete you may then request your graduate credit(s) and official transcript

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