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Writing in the Elementary Grades

The purpose of this course is to help teachers gain an understanding of the full complexity of writing in the elementary grades. Topics include genre and style, topic, revision, grammar and spelling, language and culture, and the social and cultural issues surrounding writing. Students will share and reflect on their own writing in small groups, as well as study recent thinking and current research on the various pedagogical approaches to teaching writing. Appropriate books and other stimuli to spark good writing will be reviewed as well.