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Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

Writing Across the Curriculum

This institute will provide early childhood and elementary teachers opportunities to discover fresh, effective writing activities and techniques that span the genres. Two sections will be offered: one for early childhood teachers (Pre-K-1st) and one for elementary teachers (2nd-4th). Expert School Literacy and Culture mentors and Creative Writing Camp teachers will share narrative, expository and poetry prompts that transfer directly to the classroom and meet the needs of students in innovative ways. English, social studies and science will be specifically addressed. Limited enrollment.


This workshop, designed to meet the unique needs of teachers working with our youngest writers, will focus on writing development, the teacher’s role in facilitating children’s writing and ideas for promoting writing across genres. Participating teachers will discover techniques that are meaningful to emergent writers and develop expertise in evaluating a variety of strategies for teaching writing in the early childhood classroom. Most importantly, prekindergarten, kindergarten and first grade teachers will learn how to develop children’s voices as writers while teaching skills in meaningful contexts.

A sampling of institute topics:

  • Replacing patterned prompts with open-ended, creative springboards into writing
  • Designing an inviting writing center that meets children where they are
  • Creating block stories, science info boards, themed writing baskets and more
  • Inspiring reluctant writers
  • Promoting home/school connections

Grades 2-4

In response to a significant national need to address students’ deficiencies in writing across the curriculum, this workshop was created to assist elementary educators in developing young writers. Participants will explore writing strategies that not only address critical writing skills in the elementary classroom but also develop student voice. The workshop will focus on creative writing formats that are meaningful to students. Multiple genres will be addressed. An emphasis will be placed on strategies that make it possible for students to transfer skills learned in creative writing exercises to standardized writing prompts.

Date: Tuesday-Thursday, July 11-13, 2017
Location: Rice University
Tuition: $495
Group rate (4 or more registering from the same school): $395

Register for Grades PreK-1

Register for Grades 2-4