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. 

The courses are self-contained. Participants do not have to take all 3 nor do they have to take them in a particular order.

Each course includes:

* 4 week-long modules with self-paced activities and weekly assignments.
* 5 one hour live ONLINE sessions using Zoom (Please get the free app at zoom.us). 

EDUC 7547.01: Teaching Narrative Writing to K-8 students (1 credit) Instructor: Prof. Maria Estela Brisk


EDUC 7547.02: Teaching Narrative Writing to K-8 students (1 credit) Instructor: Elizabeth MacDonald

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 Syllabus and Schedule (EDUC 7547.01 & EDUC 7547.02)

REGISTRATION:

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

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

Please note that the courses can be paid via a Purchase Order. If interested in using a purchase order, please contact Jean McDonald at 617-552-2226. 

All students need to access the course through Canvas Catalogue either EDUC7547.01 or EDUC7547.02, depending on your selection. For those candidates who have registered and paid through BC UIS or through Purchase Order, click the "$400 Enroll" button and enter the promotional code so as not to be charged again.

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 Syllabus and Schedule (EDUC 7548.01)

REGISTRATION:

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

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

Please note that the courses can be paid via a Purchase Order. If interested in using a purchase order, please contact Jean McDonald at 617-552-2226. 

All students need to access the course through Canvas Catalogue. For those candidates who have registered and paid through BC UIS or through Purchase Order, click the "$400 Enroll" button and enter the promotional code so as not to be charged again.

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 Syllabus and Schedule (EDUC 7549.01)

REGISTRATION:

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

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

Please note that the courses can be paid via a Purchase Order. If interested in using a purchase order, please contact Jean McDonald at 617-552-2226. 

All students need to access the course through Canvas Catalogue. For those candidates who have registered and paid through BC UIS or through Purchase Order, click the "$400 Enroll" button and enter the promotional code so as not to be charged again.


Amount of Time per week:

The course requires 3 hours and 10 mins of weekly activities besides readings and assignments. These activities are organized in weekly cycles with 2 hours 10 mins to be done asynchronous (at your own pace) and 1 hour synchronous (live ONLINE session).  

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?

Contact the Office of Practicum Partnerships and Professional Development at 617-552-4206, or email pathways@bc.edu.

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.

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