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Strategies for Teaching Persuasive Writing (Gr. 3-8)

Common Core has increased emphasis on opinion/persuasive/argumentative writing, especially in grades three to eight. While most teachers have always incorporated persuasive type of writing into their instruction, the frequency and depth of this writing has increased dramatically. The online course will provide teachers with the instructional strategies and lesson ideas for implementing persuasive writing lessons. You will learn how to move away from formulaic and predictable persuasive writing into a more fluid, engaging style. Teaching students how to narrow down their information, develop that information, and organize that information will be a focus for the workshop. One week prior to the course during the Intro Week, you will establish a UNH IT account required to access the Canvas online teaching system and receive detailed information from the instructor. Register early to ensure your IT account can be set up in a timely manner! Intro Week: March 12-16; Course: March 19-Apr. 13.

Instructor Bios


Strategies for Teaching Persuasive Writing (Gr. 3-8)

  • Lynna Kalna

    Lynna Kalna has a unique balance of experience in the academic and corporate worlds, including college professor and public school teacher, educational consultant, freelance magazine writer, corporate trainer, instructional designer, keynote speaker, and author. Her career has been focused on improving written communications in educational and business environments, F2F and as well as online. Over the last 30 years, she has received numerous awards including Professor of Merit, Professor of Distinction, PRIDE, and Technology Innovation. She is the co-author of The Write Direction: A New Teacher’s Practical Guide to Teaching Writing and Its Application to the Workplace and has given numerous presentations for the Association for Business Communication. She received her BS and MS degrees from Ohio University.  

  • Fred Wolff

    Fred Wolff worked in public schools for 24 years, 19 as a classroom teacher. For the past fifteen years he has worked with teachers across the U.S. and in numerous international schools helping to improve student writing. Fred has received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, a Fulbright to study education in Japan, and wrote and co-produced an hour- long, PBS aired documentary about Holocaust survivors living in his home state of New Hampshire.  His first book, The Write Direction, was published by Pearson. He received his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston University.

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