Teaching the Genres of Writing to K-8 students

Using a genre-based pedagogy with strong emphasis on language development, participants will learn what and how to teach writing.  The approach has been developed and tested for over 10 years in multiple elementary and K- 8 schools. The content has been distributed among 3 one-credit courses each focusing on a set of genres. 

EDUC754701: Teaching Narrative Writing to K-8 students
(1 credit) 

This is a project-based course where groups of participants will collaborate to develop a writing unit in a genre appropriate for their grade level.  Using a genre-based pedagogy informed by systemic functional linguistics, participants will learn what and how to teach non-fiction narratives (Personal and procedural recounts, autobiographies, biographies, empathetic autobiographies, and historical recounts) and fictional narratives.  Features of the genres demanded in elementary and middle schools will be learned and practiced.  The strong emphasis on language development distinguishes this approach from others currently used in schools. The approach to teaching guides teachers in ways of apprenticing students to writing that builds confidence and success.

Course Schedule September 13 – October 16 as follows:

September 11, 2017  Instructions on how to navigate the site opens

September 13, 2017  Must start Week 1 self-paced activities

September 19, 2017  Week 1 live session

September 20-26      Week 2 activities

September 27- October 3 Week 3 activities

October 4 - 10  Week 4 activities

October 16 8 am Final Unit Due

For current non-degree and degree students, please register through BC UIS.

For new non-degree students, please select the appropriate box below. 

EDUC754801: Teaching Report and Explanation Writing to K-8 students (1 credit)

This is a project-based course where groups of participants will collaborate to develop a writing unit in a genre appropriate for their grade level.  Using a genre-based pedagogy informed by systemic functional linguistics, participants will learn what and how to teach reports and explanations in the context of social studies and/or science.  Features of the genres demanded in elementary and middle schools will be learned and practiced.  The strong emphasis on language development distinguishes this approach from others currently used in schools. The approach to teaching guides teachers in ways of apprenticing students to writing that builds confidence and success.

Course Schedule October 25 –November 30 as follows:

October 23, 2017  Instructions on how to navigate the site opens

October 25, 2017  Must start Week 1 self-paced activities

October 31, 2017  Week 1 live session

November 1- 7 Week 2 activities

November 8-14 Week 3 activities

November 15-22 Week 4 activities

November 30 8 am Final Unit Due

For current non-degree and degree students, please register through BC UIS.

For new non-degree students, please select the appropriate box below. 

EDUC754901: Teaching Argument and Procedure Writing to K-8 students (1 credit)

This is a project-based course where groups of participants will collaborate to develop a writing unit in a genre appropriate for their grade level.  Using a genre-based pedagogy informed by systemic functional linguistics, participants will learn what and how to teach arguments and procedures.  Features of the genres demanded in elementary and middle schools will be learned and practiced.  The strong emphasis on language development distinguishes this approach from others currently used in schools. The approach to teaching guides teachers in ways of apprenticing students to writing that builds confidence and success.

Course Schedule January 17 – February 19th as follows:

January 16, 2018  Instructions on how to navigate the site opens

January 17, 2018 Must start Week 1 self-paced activities

January 23, 2018 Week 1 live session

January 24- 30 Week 2 activities

January 31-February 6:  Week 3 activities

February 7-13 Week 4 activities

February 19 8 am Final Unit Due

For current non-degree and degree students, please register through BC UIS.

For new non-degree students, please select the appropriate box below. 


Amount of Time per week:

The course requires 3 hours and 10’ of weekly activities besides readings and assignments. These activities are organized in weekly cycles with 2 hours 10’ to be done asynchronous (at your own pace) and 1 hour synchronous (live session). The live sessions will take place on Tuesdays 8pm EST; 7pm CST; 6pm MST; 5pm PST.

Course Activities:

There will be a variety of activities to facilitate acquiring the content of the course including: short lectures, readings, discussions, teachers sharing how they implemented the units, videos of teachers applying the approach in their classrooms, work with mentor texts and student work, affinity groups collaborations toward creating genre units, and live sessions to share experiences, answer questions, and clarify challenges.

Questions about the content and delivery of the course?

Please contact maria.brisk@bc.edu

Interested in a dedicated course for your school or school district?

For-credit and non-credit options are available.  
Contact Lynch School Graduate Admissions for more information:
gsoe@bc.edu
617-552-4214

Faculty

Maria Estela Brisk is a Professor of Education at the Teacher Education, Special Education and Curriculum and Instruction Department, Lynch School of Education, Boston College.  She received her Ph. D. in linguistics and bilingual education at the University of New Mexico in 1972.  Her research and teacher-training interests include elementary students’ writing development, bilingual education, bilingual language and literacy acquisition, methods of teaching literacy, and preparation of mainstream teachers to work with bilingual learners.  She is the author of numerous articles and books. 

For the past 12 years Dr. Brisk has worked closely with K-8 schools to develop a genre-based writing program for their schools, preparing teachers and researching children’s writing development. Her book Engaging Students in Academic Literacies: Genre-based Pedagogy for K-5 Classrooms features the approach to teaching writing that emerged from the work in schools.  The approach has been helpful for all students including bilingual learners. 

Professor Brisk, native of Argentina, is a fluent speaker of Spanish.

Contact

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