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This course will provide you with all of the background knowledge, experiences, and resources necessary to conduct an informed opinion letter unit of study with young children.

About This Course

By guiding you step-by-step through the process of creating your own genre-specific piece of writing, you will be empowered to teach through example.  The framers of the Common Core State Standards rightly believe that opinion/ argument writing is a vital part of college readiness, and this course will prepare you to set the youngest students on the path towards post high-school success. Through short videos, quizzes, reflection journals, opinion polls, and a review of a vast array of resources you will build your own reservoir of knowledge to conduct this writing unit confidently and in accordance with national guidelines. As a professional developer, a teacher, and a mother of two sons, I am personally thrilled to share this course with you, as I believe strongly in the power of writing to connect all of us to who we are, what is important to us, and what we believe in. 


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Can't commit to all of the lectures, assignments, and tests? Audit this course and have complete access to all of the course material, tests, people, portfolios, and the online discussion forum. You decide what and how much you want to do.

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Looking to test your mettle? Participate in all of the course's activities (we use the honor code around here) and if your work meets the 85% requirements, you'll receive a personalized certificate to showcase your achievement. You can also apply for course credit (if desired).

Course Staff

Emily Levine

Emily Levine was among the first consultants to work with Accelerated Literacy Learning. In this role, she has worked alongside New York City teachers, coaches, and administrators to implement A.L.L.’s curriculum, designed to improve literacy instruction and create teacher leaders. In addition, Emily has facilitated summer institutes, collaboration site visits and coach study groups. She has helped conceptualize and draft several of A.L.L.’s curriculum units.

Previously, Emily held a variety of positions within New York City schools. She was the literacy coach and grant coordinator at P.S.188 in lower Manhattan, an elementary school teacher at P.S. 124 in Brooklyn, and a 3rd grade teacher at City & Country School, a Manhattan private school.

Emily received a M.S. Ed. from Bank Street College of Education in 1998 and a B.A. in Government from Wesleyan University in 1994.
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Course Code: WR104E
Course Release: Aug 03, 2015
Estimated Effort: 6 Hrs Online
4 Hrs Offline

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