Nonfiction Readers Workshop, Robinson, Fall 2019

Course Number: EDU 5620 C12
Instructor: Melinda Robinson
Location: Online
Dates and Times: October 14-December 16, 2019
Credits: 3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $975

Course Description

This online course, geared for 2nd-8th grade teachers, will be exploring how to help our students engage in nonfiction readers workshop. We will explore the research behind the use of nonfiction in the classroom and how to set up a nonfiction readers workshop in your classroom. You will use the resources and the learning to create a series of units to use throughout the year that will get your students independently selecting good sources, asking questions to drive their research, taking notes and sharing what they have learned. The ultimate goal of the course is to develop strong readers of nonfiction texts and to create a year-long plan for this workshop.

Course Objectives/Goals

How has the approach to nonfiction changed under the Common Core?

What is the nonfiction workshop approach and what benefit does it present to our students?

How can we help our students to ask deeper questions as they approach their nonfiction reading?

How can we create a year of nonfiction readers workshop incorporating our common core standards?

How can I assess my students reading, notetaking and presentation of their knowledge?

Course Expectations


Required Texts

Books, Articles and Websites that will be used in the course (all materials will be provided, there are no materials that will need to be purchased.) This is a small sampling of what will be used.

Young, Terrel.  The Classroom Library: A Place for Nonfiction, Nonfiction in its Place. Reading Horizons, Berkeley Press, 2007.

McConnel, Caroline. The Essential Questions Handbook. Scholastic Teaching Resources. 2011. Print.

Cox, Janelle. “Teaching Strategies to Use Inquiry Based Learning.” Web Blog Post.

For additional course information

Melinda Robinson

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

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