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[FALL22] EDUC7547 Teaching Narrative Writing K-8 (MacDonald) is a Course

[FALL22] EDUC7547 Teaching Narrative Writing K-8 (MacDonald)


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EDUC 7547 - Teaching Narrative Writing to K-8 students

(15 PDPs and 1 ALC credit)

This is a project-based course where groups of participants will collaborate to develop a writing unit in a genre appropriate for their grade level. Using a genre-based pedagogy informed by systemic functional linguistics, participants will learn what and how to teach narratives in the context of social studies and/or science. 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 (October 4- November 1, 2022)

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

  • Weekly 1 hour live sessions on Tuesdays at 7:30PM (EST)

  • 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. 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).


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Overall questions about the course can be directed to Emily Kent:

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

Elizabeth MacDonald began her educational career over twenty-five years ago in Boston Public Schools as an elementary teacher and reading specialist. Since then she has taught, coached, and developed curriculum grades K-8 in and outside of the district. Liz also serves as an adjunct instructor in Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development. She has worked with Maria Estela Brisk on the study 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, Liz is committed to supporting and retaining urban educators.

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