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Full Description [Aug. 14, 2011, 10:36 p.m.]


This course will explore the idea of writing to learn in the context of the Common Core State Standards.

Target audience: U.S. K-12 educators

Prerequisite knowledge/skills:

  • Solid knowledge of your grade level and subject area
  • An interest in or healthy curiosity about the writerly domains of your content area
  • Willingness to write with your students and to explore writing as a tool for deeper learning
  • Willingness to share your work and ideas with others


Course dates: Sept. 26- Nov. 4, 2011 (6 weeks)


Course commitments:

Participants should be willing to:

  • Share, learn, and teach as a part of this peer learning course
  • Write and share their writing and compositions
  • Commit to spend 4-6 hours a week on this course (Most of the time will be asynchronous, but there will be 2-3 optional webinars. They will also be archived for later viewing.)
  • Attempt to write reflectively about their experiences and learning
  • Create and share a writing assignment 


Course goals:

After this course, participants will:

  • Have a deeper understanding of what the Common Core State Standards say about writing to learn and writing in the disciplines
  • Have experience with writing as a way of learning
  • Have explored their discipline/content area for the habits of writing present within
  • Be thinking of ways to incorporate more writing into their discipline


Week 1 - Introductions & Overview of Writing & Common Core SS

Weeks 2 & 3 - Writing to Learn - Habits and Ways

Weeks 4 & 5 - Writing Across the Disciplines - Exploring Writing for a Discipline

Week 6  - Sharing Your Writing Activities, Closing Thoughts

Full syllabus coming soon.


Course developer/facilitator:

Bud Hunt is an instructional technologist for the St. Vrain Valley School District.  He is also a certified language arts teacher with ten years of experience teaching writing and working with student writers of multiple ages. Bud writes and wonders all over the Web.