Language Arts


Course No. ED464u, ED564u

Every teacher knows those students who love to show what they know by speaking, but struggle to produce writing that reflects their understanding. We have all encountered students who lack confidence in their writing or who struggle with it to the point that they stop trying to improve in this area. The best way to engage less confident writers is to give them something powerful to think about.
The Discourse and Writing Cycle explores writing as a means to focus student thinking, fuel deeper learning, and build complex understanding in English, social studies, math, and science. This course will help teachers to implement strategies that support young writers to unlock their own writing skills and abilities. Students will learn to use discussion to connect their thinking to inspired writing.

This course is appropriate for 4th through 12th grade teachers. Required text: The Better Writing Breakthrough Connecting Student Thinking and Discussion to Inspire Great Writing, is approximately   $20 to $25 used/new through Amazon or another bookseller of your choice.


We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus
  • Understood the explicit use of discussion strategies to enhance student writing.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the theory and practice of the Discourse and Writing Cycle.
  • Demonstrated understanding of a variety of practical instructional methodologies to deepen student thinking and written work.
  • Evaluated their own use and understanding of Socratic seminar and discussion practices in language arts instruction.

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