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(OWP) Writing in Schools: Teaching the Essay in Grades 6-12

Date: 4:15pm PDT March 20 Location: West Linn School District Office, Board Room, 22210 SW Stafford Rd., Tualatin, Oregon

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West Linn School District Office, Board Room, 22210 SW Stafford Rd., Tualatin, Oregon

Teaching essay writing to students can be a tug-of-war between prescription and freedom. How much instruction do students need? How much do we scaffold instruction so that students can write a coherent essay? When does scaffolding become prescriptive and formulaic? 

This is an inquiry course for teachers of students in grades 6-12 who struggle with essay writing. Participants in the course will investigate essay writingfrom generation to revision and editingby participating in writing workshops themselves.

Learn more about the Oregon Writing Project.

Course Details & Registration

Dates: Thursdays, March 20, April 10, 17, 24, and May 1, 2014

Time: 4:15-6:45 p.m.

Instructor: Linda Christensen, M.Ed.

Degree-applicable credit: ED 695, 1 semester hour, $500

Continuing education credit: CEED 895, 1 semester hour, $350

For more information and to register, contact Pam Hooten at 503-768-6132 or

About the Instructor

Linda Christensen, M.Ed. has been involved in the Oregon Writing Project (OWP) since her first National Writing Project Summer Institute in 1980. An often requested keynote speaker at educator conferences nationally and internationally, Linda has taught and/or provided literacy coaching in public schools for over 30 years, including seven years as the PPS district language arts specialist, and regularly provides professional development in writing across the curriculum for regional schools. Linda is a social justice activist, leader, and author for Rethinking Schools, a national grassroots teacher reform organization, and author of two books: Reading, Writing and Rising Up and Teaching for Joy and Justice

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