Course description: This course explores how mentor texts can be used to jump-start analytical
writing: writing arguments, writing to inform, and writing to explain (Common Core Anchor
Standards 1 through 3.) Starting with simple assignments and then growing these to more
complex writing activities, participants will problem solve, using creative and critical thinking to
develop a set of strategies that target the improvement of their students’ written communication.
This two-credit offering is based on the premise that children of all ages and across grade levels
can learn, but that they do so differently. We know that for some students, learning to read and
write will be one of the most challenging school tasks they will ever undertake. Accordingly,
practitioners must be knowledgeable about (1) the spectrum of oral and written language
disabilities and (2) how a teacher can be an academic coach-guide who helps all students
experience success. We will study what experts in the field have to say about learning disorders
and consider how teachers can rethink their current practices, identifying ways to differentiate
learning to maximize individual student success.
- Teacher: Ann Ellsworth