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Grades 6-12: Improving Your Students' Descriptive Writing

Improving Your Students' Descriptive Writing, Grades 6-12

Course Objective/Goals

In this video-based online course, experienced national presenter and English teacher Mary Ellen Ledbetter demonstrates, with her own middle and high school students, a variety of practical and manageable strategies that help students extend and revise their writing, improve their grammar and writing mechanics, and increase the sophistication and style of their written work. 
How can teachers actively help students strengthen the quality of their writing without becoming overwhelmed by towering stacks of to-be-read papers? The purpose of this course is to show classroom-proven techniques that maximize instructional time and minimize a classroom teacher’s paper load.  All English/language arts educators – whether first-year teachers or veteran instructors – will find new, time-efficient strategies they can immediately implement in their own classrooms to improve their students’ writing.

You will learn how to:

  • Boost each student’s writing competency with high-impact, student-interactive rubrics
  • Design innovative writing practice activities that engage and benefit all your students
  • Help students improve their grammar and language mechanics – and see results in their writing
  • Establish peer editing routines that really work
  • Decrease your paper load while actually assessing students’ writing more frequently
  • Give students the literary tools they need in order to effectively edit and revise their writing
  • Increase your students’ writing confidence, skills, and achievement

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Optional Graduate Credit

Optional Brandman University Graduate Level Professional Development Credit course code: EDLU 9745

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