Language Arts,  Social Justice

WRITING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: Engaging Students In Literacy

Course No. ED478j, ED578j

Writing is an invaluable skill for our students. Literacy directly correlates with better student outcomes, including higher wages and more formal education (AAFP). Unfortunately, educators are rarely taught how to make writing engaging for their diverse classrooms. As a result, teachers struggle to motivate students who have internalized failure at writing.

In this course, you will learn how to engage all students in mastering writing standards. We will examine the best practices of award-winning educators who have made writing accessible in their classrooms. We will learn how to create writing units based on social justice issues that center student voices and reflect their lived experiences. You will have the opportunity to create a usable writing unit for your class that examines current social justice issues (racism, sexism, the prison system, LGBTQIA + rights, etc.).


We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus
  • Defined social justice education 
  • Critically examined student voice and how it impacts engagement
  • Analyzed current anti-bias literacy frameworks
  • Reflected and chosen best practices to incorporate into their own pedagogy
  • Created writing prompts specifically for their students 

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