(45 ISBE Clock Hours) In this course, you will learn methods for teaching writing skills for expository essays in the 4th through 8th grade classroom. Teaching writing to your students as an embedded component of your curriculum is sometimes a challenge with so many diverse student needs. But, with a well- planned and structured lesson design you can overcome this challenge and support your students in improving their essay writing.

  • Total Price: $190
  • Credit Type: ISBE Clock Hours

  • Credits: 45 ISBE Clock Hours

  • 22 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course


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

What You Will Learn
  • Learn About The 5 Main Expository Essay Structures

  • Practice Selecting Question Types and Aligning them to Lesson Objectives

  • Learn the Steps to Designing and writing Assessment Items and Rubrics

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Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

How can I prepare my upper elementary or middle school students to write well organized and grammatically correct expository essays?

Really loved this course!

This course gave me everything I needed, from resources to great example lesson plans to teach my students expository writing techniques. I was struggling with this at first, but now I’m really confident! I would definitely recommend this to teachers who need to improve their students’ essay and expository writing!

-Middle School Teacher

 45 ISBE Clock Hours

At the conclusion of this course, you will earn 45 ISBE clock hours, including a signed ISBE certificate.

Continuing Education hours through Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) are offered as ISBE clock hours and indicated as continuing education clock hours on a University provided certificate. Although offered in partnership with NEIU, they do not result in graduate- level or academic credit and cannot be used toward a degree program. These courses are primarily intended for recertification or re-licensure and continuing education for teachers in the state of Illinois.

Northeastern Illinois University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is recognized as an approved provider of ISBE clock hours by the state of Illinois.

Course Sections

Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – The Writing Process

  • The Difference Between Expository and Narrative Writing
  • Five Different Expository Writing Structures
  • An Overview of the Writing Process

Section 2 – The Planning & Drafting Stage

  • How to introduce and teach each of the five expository writing structures
  • How to analyze a writing prompt and choose an appropriate structure
  • Several general tips to encourage your students to begin the drafting stage

Section 3 – Writing Mini-Lessons

  • A Basic Lesson Structure You Can Use For Any Writing Mini-Lesson
  • Five Sample Lessons You Can Incorporate Immediately Into Your Writing Instruction

Section 4 – Conferences

  • How To Manage Your Time So You Can Conference Privately With Each Student
  • The Four Key Parts of a Writing Conference
  • How to Track the Content of Your Conferences

Section 5 – Revisions

  • The ARMS Acronym for Revising
  • Several Strategies You Can Teach to Help Your Students With Revising
  • How To Use a Checklist to Encourage Your Students to Peer-Revise

Section 6 – Embedded Grammar

  • Why Grammar is So Important
  • How Grammar Used to Be taught, and Why That Method is Not Effective
  • A Strategy to Teach Grammar With Mentor Sentences
  • How to Apply This Strategy in Your Own Classroom

Section 7 – Editing

  • The CUPS Acronym for Editing
  • Several Strategies You Can Teach to Help Your Students With Editing
  • How to Use a Checklist to Encourage Your Students to Peer-Edit

Section 8 – Assessment

  • How to Score Expository Writing
  • How to Use the Data You Collect From Scoring
  • Three Intervention Strategies to Use With Your Struggling Writers
Professional Development Course Resources

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course
The course comes with 22 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!
These Include:

  • Expository Structures Anchor Chart
  • Descriptive Essay Organizer
  • Compare/Contrast Essay Organizer
  • Cause/Effect Essay Organizer
  • Problem/Solution Essay Organizer
  • Sequential Essay Organizer
  • Mini-Lesson Planning Template
  • Writing Prompt Template
  • Types of Leads Anchor Chart
  • Conference Notes for Individual Students Tool
  • Conference Notes Class List Tool
  • Peer Revising Checklist
  • Peer Editing Checklist
  • ExpositoryEssay Rubric
  • Expository Unit Plan
  • Conference Scheduling Planning Template
  • Mentor Sentence Planning Template
  • Implementation Observation Checklist and Sample
  • Effectiveness Checklist

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  • Get started immediately, work at your own pace, and earn 45 ISBE clock hours once complete
  • Once your course is complete you will receive a completed ISBE certificate from NEIU

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