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EDUC7549 Teaching Argument and Procedure Writing (MacDonald) is a Course

EDUC7549 Teaching Argument and Procedure Writing (MacDonald)

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Full course description

EDUC 7549 - Teaching Argument and Procedure Writing to K-8 students

(15 PDPs)

This is one of three courses in a series on how to teach writing with a genre-based pedagogy that has a strong emphasis on language development. Using this 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 Schedule, Time Commitment and Activities (February 15 - March 15, 2022)

  • Approximately 2 hours engaging in weekly modules that include lectures, interviews and looking at student work. 

  • Weekly 1 hour live sessions from 7:30 - 8:30 pm EST 2/15/22, 2/22/22, 3/1/22, 3/8/22, 3/15/22).

  • Readings and assignments completed on a weekly basis. 

There will be a variety of activities to facilitate acquiring the content of the course such as short lectures, readings and discussions. In addition, teachers will share how they implemented the unit with videos applying the approach in their classrooms, work with mentor texts and student work and affinity groups collaborations toward creating genre units. During live sessions students will have the opportunity to share experiences, answer questions, and clarify challenges.

Registration and Payment

1. Please enroll via the "$400 Enroll" button (above) if:

  • You are paying for an individual enrollment via credit card
  • You have paid for this course some other way and been given a promo code

Please note that in order to register you will be asked to create an account for Boston College with a username and password if you do not already have one. 

2. After registering, please send an email to with the following information:

  • Name
  • Email
  • School and grade level

3. Confirm and accept registration via email from which you will receive once you’ve registered (email will be sent to the address you used to create account).

If you are using a Lynch School Voucher 

Voucher participants - To take this course as a non-degree student and receive 1 graduate credit please click here.


Purchase Order payments are possible.  Please contact the Professional & Continuing Education team at

Overall questions about the course can be directed to Elizabeth MacDonald:

Fees and Policies:

Refunds will only be granted up until the start of the course. No refunds will be granted for registration or technical errors on the participant's part (such as incorrect name/email, login failure, etc.).

Additional offerings from the Lynch School Professional & Continuing Education Office can be found on our website


Course Facilitator

A teacher and coach in the Boston Public Schools for over twenty years, Elizabeth MacDonald’s interests include urban education, reading and writing instruction, dual-language schools and the preparation of pre-service teachers. She has worked with Maria Estela Brisk on writing instruction as a teacher, coach and colleague. Their work together has included the study of and implementation of the theory Systemic Functional Linguistics in the classroom. Additionally, as co-author of the first and second edition of The Mindful Teacher, she is committed to supporting and retaining urban educators.

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