WRITING WITH KIDS: Real Writing With Real Results


[semester equivalent = 3.33 credits]



Deb Lund



Inspire great writing from your students with writing workshop tools and techniques that provide structure, content, and increased confidence in your own writing and teaching. In this course you'll join writer and children's author Deb Lund who was already instructing teachers about writing with kids when the text we'll use by Lucy Calkins, The Art of Teaching Writing, was first published in the mid-1980's. Become a mentor for your students and model the writing process as you explore fiction, memoir, essay, and poetry writing together. This comprehensive course will help give you the excitement you've longed for in your writing teaching.

Appropriate for teachers of grades K-12. The Calkins text, you will find in the Required Text section.  Just click on the picture below for Lucy Calkins book, The Art of Teaching Writing,  and click on this link for Deb Lund's  Writing With Kids  PDF.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

1. An understanding of developmental levels of writing acquisition and support for students at the levels they teach.

2. Tools and techniques for establishing a classroom writing environment with procedures and expectations in place.

3. An assortment of techniques for conferring with students about their writing, modeling steps of the writing process, designing lessons to address specific writing needs, and assessing writing using chosen criteria.

4. Determined which district, state, or national objectives, goals, outcomes, or standards for teaching writing have been met in their classroom writing activities.

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.

Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.



Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%


CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.



  • The Art of Teaching Writing
    ISBN# 0435088092
    by Lucy McCormick Calkins
    Heinemann Educational Books

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Lucy Calkins' book, The Art of Teaching Writing, is approximately $1.00 used at Amazon. Deb Lund's book, Writing With Children, is free by downloading a copy of the PDF at


Deb Lund is a bestselling children’s author, a creativity coach who partners with those who want more joy and meaning in their lives, and a past classroom and music teacher, teacher-librarian, and founding director of an arts-based school. Deb is a popular presenter at schools, libraries, and conferences. Her master’s project focused on teaching writing, and for the past few decades, she has taught teachers, students, and writers of all ages. Deb is especially passionate about supporting those who share her commitment to getting kids reading and writing. Learn more about Deb at


WRITING WITH KIDS: Real Writing With Real Results

Anderson, Carl, How’s It Going?: A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers, Heinemann, 2000, paperback, 224 pages, ISBN 978-0-325-00224-8 

One to one talks with students about their writing can be daunting, but Anderson walks elementary and middle school teachers through the process with a defined structure, taking what they know and providing insight that will instill confidence and success for both teachers and students. Among the topics included are teacher role, student role, mini-lessons, classroom management, and responses to most frequently asked questions.


Atwell, Nancie, Lessons That Change Writers, Heinemann, 2002, 3-ring binder, 1080 pages, ISBN 978-0-86709-506-7

Mini-lessons have become a popular vehicle for writing workshop teachers to support student learning. Atwell, author of the popular book In the Middle, groups over one hundred mini-lessons grouped by categories, accompanied by the theories behind them, with student examples, and hundreds of reproducibles.


Atwell, Nancie, Writing in the Middle DVD, Heinemann, 2010, 32 pages, 1:51 DVD, ISBN 978-0-325-04090-5

On this staff development DVD, Atwell guides writing workshop participants through the methods she covers in her celebrated classic, In the Middle. Thirty years in the making, this DVD and accompanying CD of before and after student writing samples and reproducible forms shows teachers how to set rules and expectations, confer with students, present mini-lessons, and inspire young writers.


Calkins, Lucy McCormick, The Art of Teaching Writing, New Edition, Heinemann, 1994, paperback, 564 pages, ISBN 0-435-08809-2

In the past couple of decades that writing workshops have spread like wildfire through classrooms around the world, Calkins’ text remains the most comprehensive, classroom-tested guide available to assist teachers at all grade levels and levels of writing teaching experience. This new edition (the text for this course) is almost an entirely new book, containing everything from setting up your writing classroom and motivating students to assessment and integrating writing throughout the school day and beyond.


Calkins, Lucy McCormick, Big Lessons from Small Writers: Teaching Primary Writing, Heinemann, 2005, DVD, ISBN 978-0-325-00748-9

This excellent resource shows the inner workings of writing workshops in a variety of K-2 classrooms in 22 video clips. Calkins does a voice-over to explain the strategies used as she confers with students, teaches mini-lessons, and works with whole classes.


Hicks, Troy, The Digital Writing Workshop, Heinemann, 2009, paperback, 176 pages, ISBN 978-0-325-02674-9

Hicks shows grade 7-12 teachers how to use technology to enhance the writing teaching they already do. Popular writing workshop topics like student choice, revision, author craft, revision, and publication are included in this exploration of online resources and guidance for incorporating new technologies.


Kittle, Penny, Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing, Heinemann, 2008, 272 pages, DVD, ISBN 978-0-325-01097-7 

Kittle honors the gifts of teachers when it comes to modeling writing to students. This award-winning book and DVD will give teachers confidence in all facets of teaching writing.