Strategies! Strategies! Strategies! Significantly Increase Students' Writing Skills, Grades 6-12

Online Course

Course Objective/Goals

This online course is organized around video clips of a seminar by experienced English teacher and national presenter Mary Ellen Ledbetter. You'll see Mary Ellen present and demonstrate practical, time-efficient strategies for improving the writing of middle and high school students across a range of genres. You'll find a wealth of techniques guaranteed to engage even the most reluctant writers and increase the quality of their written work. Also included are sample lesson plans integrating all ELA skills complete with mini-lessons and notes to teachers suggesting ways to use the print resources in their own classrooms.

Do you sometimes feel like you're spending more time reading and grading your students' writing than they do before submitting their assignments? Do you spend hours planning creative ways to fit in all the skills now required? If so, this is the course for you! You'll learn how to strategically take your students to the next level of writing with daily, easy-to-use techniques that maximize instructional time and minimize a classroom teacher’s paper load. You'll find dozens of practical and doable strategies to strengthen your writing instruction and achieve powerful results.

You will learn how to:

  • Enhance students' writing across a range of genres using exemplary student models and guided analysis
  • Incorporate literature assignments that help students use writing to make connections with the text
  • Improve students' grammar and language mechanics – and see the results in their writing
  • Inspire and challenge students to write daily using short, highly-engaging activities
  • Address common grammar and usage-related errors often found in students’ writing
  • Conference with students in ways that enhance their writing, decrease off-task behavior and greatly reduce your workload

Watch an excerpt from this course:

How This On Demand Course Works

Optional Graduate Credit

EDLU 9824


"This was the best writing and grammar class I have ever taken. There are so many things that I will be putting in use in my class."
              - L. Fox

"I really enjoyed Mary Ellen.  She was engaging and her strategies ranged from a variety of easy  quick tips to well thought out activities."
              - T. Miller

"I found the video segments most helpful.  I loved that I was able to pause and go back and rewatch when needed.  I found the notes template very helpful to catch aha tips and record examples.  I really loved the Action Plan for  after each unit  I was able to pause and reflect on my own practice and begin to put the many ideas already swirling around in my head for improvement."
              - C. Nagey

"The handbook is full of excellent strategies that are explained in detail. I appreciate the organized format and examples provided."
              - J. Franzi

"What I most enjoyed about this course is its applicability to so many grade levels and student abilities."
              - M. Mercaldo


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