PA Writing Project (PWP)

College of Arts and Humanities

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PWP 501. Workshop: The Writing Process. 1 Credit.

A practical introduction to the writing process approach to teaching writing.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

PWP 502. Strategies for Teaching Writing. 2-3 Credits.

This basic course is designed to familiarize teachers with successful practices and related research and theory in the field.
Repeatable for Credit.

PWP 503. Strategies for Teaching Writing II. 3 Credits.

Practical and research-based skills of prewriting, writing conferences, revision, editing, and evaluation.
Repeatable for Credit.

PWP 508. Workshop: Computers and Writing (Level III). 3 Credits.

This course explores all the technological approaches to writing instruction, including a combination of classroom instruction and on-line hours. Participants actually take parts of this course on-line so they can experience this mode of learning themes.
Repeatable for Credit.

PWP 509. Workshop: Computers and Writing (Advanced). 4 Credits.

Covers pertinent points of composition training. Stages in the composing process are related to software packages and computer-assisted teaching techniques. Theoretical and practical questions will prepare teachers of writing to incorporate useful computer assistance into their classrooms and to offer demonstrations to other teachers.
Repeatable for Credit.

PWP 510. Writing, Reading, Talking Across Curriculum. 3 Credits.

Rationale and strategies for critical language experiences in all subjects. Supports PCRP2 state curriculum framework.

PWP 511. Writing Assessment. 3 Credits.

Large-scale and classroom writing assessment; implications for writing instruction.

PWP 512. Teacher-Research Seminar. 3 Credits.

Individual research projects for classroom studies of teaching, learning, and literacy.
Repeatable for Credit.

PWP 513. PCRP2 Seminar: Writing/Thinking Across Curriculum. 3 Credits.

Critical exploration of Pennsylvania state curriculum framework for language and learning.
Repeatable for Credit.

PWP 520. Teaching Literature. 3 Credits.

Focus on instructional practices that reflect current theories and approaches to classroom use of literature, K-12.
Repeatable for Credit.

PWP 521. Seminar in Teaching Literature. 3 Credits.

Intensive study to develop advanced skills in teaching literature.
Repeatable for Credit.

PWP 597. Seminar for Master Teachers. 6 Credits.

Participants develop advanced skills in the teaching of writing, receive training as in-service teacher/consultants, and develop relationships with other writing teachers who seek to improve their teaching and writing.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.
Typically offered in Summer.
Repeatable for Credit.

PWP 599. Pennsylvania Writing Project Workshop. 1-6 Credits.

Topic varies. Each workshop will focus on specific issues and problems in the teaching of writing or literature and will introduce appropriate instructional materials and techniques.
Repeatable for Credit.