EXPOSITORY WRITING & EMBEDDED GRAMMAR INSTRUCTION (4TH-8TH GRADES)

(12 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.

COURSE DETAILS:
  • Price: $40
  • Credit Type: Professional Development

  • Credits: 12 PD Hours

  • 22 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course

CONTENT AREAS:

  • ELA, Reading/Writing
  • Social Studies
  • Lesson & Curriculum Planning
  • Teaching Strategies
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Course Objectives:

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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What You Will Learn:

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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 teach the components of an expository essay and support your students in improving their essay writing. In this course, you will learn methods for teaching writing skills for expository essays in the 4th through 8th grade classroom. You will learn the entire writing process, from crafting a prompt and purpose for writing, to teaching planning, supporting student writing, and addressing essay improvements through revising and editing. This is an ideal course for new or aspiring teachers that need ideas for structuring writing lessons for student growth and is a great refresher course for experienced teachers that might benefit from additional strategies or resources to complement their current lessons. 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 teach the components of an expository essay and support your students in improving their essay writing. In this course, you will learn methods for teaching writing skills for expository essays in the 4th through 8th grade classroom. You will learn the entire writing process, from crafting a prompt and purpose for writing, to teaching planning, supporting student writing, and addressing essay improvements through revising and editing. This is an ideal course for new or aspiring teachers that need ideas for structuring writing lessons for student growth and is a great refresher course for experienced teachers that might benefit from additional strategies or resources to complement their current lessons.

You will learn:

  • Five different expository essay structures with examples: descriptive, cause and effect, problem and solution, compare and contrast, and sequential.
  • The stages of writing, from drafting and planning through revising and editing
  • How to conduct effective individual writing conferences
  • How to teach grammar through embedded lessons
  • How to assess expository essays, and how to use that data to drive your instruction and support your students

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

Professional Development Credits:

Credits

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 12 Professional Development Hours (Clock Hours, CPEs).

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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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