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Teach BIG Online Courses

(featuring Randi Whitney)

 

Our Teach Big Language Arts (TBLA) online courses open the door to creating your own inservice selection and schedule!  Sign up for the courses that will enhance the awesome teacher that you already are in the classroom. Be prepared though....you may get addicted to this personalized, self-paced training!  Never fear, as courses are being added all the time. Each course is accompanied by a downloadable handout!  You can even add on a Party Pack that contains every manipulative needed (demonstration set, small group set, or individual class set) so that you don’t have to run to the copy machine or find colored card stock to create all of these interACTIVE games and activities.   Hop on the technology train to develop your very own inservice plan!

 

Online Courses Beginning October 2019

For descriptions of our online courses please continue below, or, for a direct link to our online course site you can visit this link:

Teach BIG Language Arts Online Courses

 

Writing Courses

How to Teach Expository/Informational Writing

If you’ve ever wondered about the ins and outs of teaching the Expository/Informational Composition through the writing process, your life just became easier with this course!  This course will be offered in 30-minute sections and will “drip” each week as we journey through the writing process.  Learn a new concept, turn and teach it to your students, and then learn even more!  Add to your teaching repertoire concepts such as prompt analysis, thesis writing, introduction approaches, effective brainstorming, idea development (basic and advanced), transitions (external and internal), and conclusions that leave readers impressed!  InterActivities and foldables lead the way to long-term learning in this course!

Do you know the difference between the Go Word, the Topic, and the Charge?  The answer lies within this course!  Do you know if you brainstorm before developing your thesis that you increase your chances of missing the prompt?  Why is that?  The answer lies within this course!  Do you know the parts that make up an outstanding thesis statement?  The answer lies within this course!  What about this?  What’s the process for distinguishing between weak and strong brainstormed ideas?  The answer lies within this course!  Do you know the four most effective ways to develop an expository/informational writing piece?  What about the four corresponding upgrades?  The answer lies within this course!  Do you know what it means to put a HAT on your conclusion?  The answer lies within this course!  All of these answers can be yours when you take this in-depth course!  Choose from a few units of interest or take the whole course for the ultimate experience!

Course Details 

  • This course will be released October 2019.
  • Each session will accompany a 5-10 page downloadable handout.
  • After completion of EACH Unit, a CPE/CPU certificate will be issued to the person who has registered for the course.
  • The total hours available to be earned for the Expository Content Course is 12 hours.

 

Look at all of the units you receive upon completing this course!

  • UNIT 1:  Prompt Analysis - Level 1 - Go/Topic/Charge words
  • UNIT 2:  Prompt Analysis - Level 2 - Difference Between Open & Closed Prompts
  • UNIT 3:  Stated & Understood Thesis Writing
  • UNIT 4:  Brainstorming - Inform Style
  • UNIT 5:  Brainstorming - How Style
  • UNIT 6:  Brainstorming - Why Style
  • UNIT 7:  OCTO & MORE Organization
  • UNIT 8:  Introduction Writing - Level 1 - The Three Basic Approaches
  • UNIT 9:  Introduction Writing - Level 2 - The Four Higher Level Approaches
  • UNIT 10:  Main Body Development - Linear and Starring (one hour)
  • UNIT 11:  Main Body Development – CAFÉ (one hour)
  • UNIT 12:  Main Body Development – PLUS (one hour)
  • UNIT 13:  Altruistic CAFE & PLUS
  • UNIT 14:  Sequential Transitions
  • UNIT 15:  Transition Families Beyond the Sequence
  • UNIT 16:  Conclusion Writing - Level 1 – Basic Approaches
  • UNIT 17:  Conclusion Writing - Level 2 - HAT Higher Level Approaches
  • UNIT 18:  Prompt to Product - Interactive Bulletin Board - Keychain Writing (one hour)
  • UNIT 19:  Prompt to Product - Cumulative Graphic Organizers
  • UNIT 20:  From I-Write Foldables to Performance Foldables

THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE FOR TEACHERS, AS WELL AS STUDENTS.

12 Hours: $199 (as a whole course, or $20 per Unit)

 

 

How to Grade Expository/Informational Compositions Course

Assessing composition writing is a task that many teachers dread!  Well dread no more....register for this all-encompassing 6-hour online course and you will actually begin to look forward to grading your students’ Expository/Informational Compositions. Based on research, which is shared in Chapter one, you will see which qualities arise in each of the four scoring levels.  Journey through the process of students/teacher conferences, common pitfalls recognition, understanding the difference between progression and idea development, experience Rainbow Revision and Keychain Writing, learn how to grade in isolation, and practice grading whole compositions holistically.  This interActive course comes with a variety of student samples and grading rubrics to use with your students as you assess their compositions and provide quality feedback.  This might be the most important course you EVER take as a writing teacher!

Course Details 

  • This course will be offered in 30-minute sections with the first sections released October 2019.
  • Each session will accompany a 3-15 page downloadable handout.
  • After completion this ENTIRE course, a CPE/CPU certificate will be issued to the person who has registered for the course.
  • The total hours available to be earned for the How to Grade an Expository Paper Course is 9 hours.

 

Units you receive upon completing this course!

  • UNIT 1:  Research-Based Information and Background
  • UNIT 2:  Effective Student/Teacher Writing Conferences – Part 1
  • UNIT 3:  Effective Student/Teacher Writing Conferences – Part 2
  • UNIT 4:  Pitfalls – Part 1 (run-ons and fragments)
  • UNIT 5:  Pitfalls – Part 1 (repeats and offs)
  • UNIT 6:  Prompt Analysis with Keychain Writing Video
  • UNIT 7:  Writing a Thesis with Keychain Writing Video
  • UNIT 8:  Expository Introductions with Keychain Writing Video
  • UNIT 9:  Brainstorming and OCTO with Keychain Writing Video
  • UNIT 10:  Main Body Paragraph Progression with Keychain Writing Video
  • UNIT 11:  Expository Conclusions with Keychain Writing Video
  • UNIT 12:  Great 8 Writing Structures
  • UNIT 13:  Rainbow Revision
  • UNIT 14:  Isolated Introduction Assessment with Student Samples
  • UNIT 15:  Isolated Main Body Assessment with Student Samples
  • UNIT 16:  Isolated Conclusion Assessment with Student Samples
  • UNIT 17:  Reflection Grading – Looking Outside the Grade
  • UNIT 18:  Cumulative Rubrics and Explanations
  • UNIT 19:  Practice Grading with Student Samples of Varying Scores
  • UNIT 20:  Cumulative Review

9 Hours: $129

 

 

Narrative:  Everyone has a story to tell!  The question lies in whether or not a teacher knows how to bring it out in his/her students.  Every child’s VOICE will come alive as you share these strategies with your students. Learn how to teach Roll-out, VOICE, Progression, Suspension, and Perspective all in one course!  Story-telling in your classroom will never be the same! Transformation and a love for writing is headed your way with the Narrative Writing Course!

Course Details 

  • This course will be released January 2020.
  • Each session will accompany a 5-10 page downloadable handout.
  • After completion of EACH Unit, a CPE/CPU certificate will be issued to the person who has registered for the course.
  • The total hours available to be earned for the Narrative Content Course is 4 hours.

 

Look at all of the units you receive upon completing this course!

  • UNIT 1:  Prompt Analysis
  • UNIT 2:  Writing Narrative Introductions
  • UNIT 3:  Linear Development
  • UNIT 4:  Starred Development
  • UNIT 5:  Rainbow Revision
  • UNIT 6:  VOICE
  • UNIT 7:  Writing Narrative Conclusions
  • UNIT 8:  Grading the Narrative Paper

THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE FOR TEACHERS, AS WELL AS STUDENTS.

4 Hours: $39

  

 

Opinion/Argumentative/Persuasive:  Ethos.  Pathos.  Logos.  The prongs.  The three prongs.  The three prongs needed for effective persuasion and convincing!  Higher level concepts such as these are best taught through experience.  This course will take you on a journey of providing your students with activities that create experiences.  Learn the nuts and bolts and then use them to build a solid foundation forever.  Register TODAY!

Course Details 

  • This course will be released May 2020.
  • Each session will accompany a 5-10 page downloadable handout.
  • After completion of EACH Unit, a CPE/CPU certificate will be issued to the person who has registered for the course.
  • The total hours available to be earned for the Opinion Content Course is 4 hours.

 

Look at all of the units you receive upon completing this course!

  • UNIT 1:  Introduction with Persuasive Vocabulary
  • UNIT 2:  Fact Versus Opinion
  • UNIT 3:  Seven Types of Propaganda
  • UNIT 4:  Ethos Exploration
  • UNIT 5:  Logos Exploration
  • UNIT 6:  Pathos Exploration
  • UNIT 7:  Introductions
  • UNIT 8: Credible Sources
  • UNIT 9: Main Body Development Specific to Opinion/Persuasion (WADE)
  • UNIT 10: Conclusion Approaches
  • UNIT 11: The Great Debate – Picking a Side

6 Hours: $59

  

 

Pitfalls:  Falling.  Falling….Into the pit.  Stop the craziness NOW!  Knowing what you should do as a writer is one key to success. But equally important, is knowing what you should NOT do! Pitfalls subtract from all of the great additions authors incorporate. If students know what the pitfalls are, they are more likely to avoid them and recognize them as they’re occurring. Put on your pitfall glasses, and never stumble into a pitfall again!

This online course tackles the pitfalls of being off topic (it’s so much more detailed than you can imagine) and the repeats (they happen in so many subtle ways). When writers understand what it FEELS LIKE to go off topic or to repeat information, they know it right when it happens and can instantly change their course of writing. This process is known as being a discerning writer. Whether you teach short/brief answer responses, extended answer responses, or multi-paragraph essays, staying on topic and eliminating repeated ideas is paramount.

Pitfalls – Part 1: Fragments, Run-ons, and What they Really do to Destroy a Paper

Course Details 

  • This course will be released March 2020.
  • Each session will accompany a 5-10 page downloadable handout.
  • After completion of EACH Unit, a CPE/CPU certificate will be issued to the person who has registered for the course.
  • The total hours available to be earned for the Pitfalls – Part 1 Course is 1 hour.

 

Units you receive upon completing this course!

  • UNIT 1:  Tackling Fragments and their Effects
  • UNIT 2:  Working through Run-Ons and Turning them into Development

1 Hour: $20

 

Pitfalls – Part 2: Recognize and Eliminate Repeats and Offs

Course Details 

  • This course will be released March 2020.
  • Each session will accompany a 5-10 page downloadable handout.
  • After completion of EACH Unit, a CPE/CPU certificate will be issued to the person who has registered for the course.
  • The total hours available to be earned for the Pitfalls – Part 2 Course is 1 hour.

 

Units you receive upon completing this course!

  • UNIT 1:  Repeats!  Repeats!  Repeats! Stop them NOW!
  • UNIT 2:  Turning the Offs to Ons!

1 Hour: $20

 

 

 

 

Editing & Revising Courses

Editing: Rules!  Rules!  Rules!  It seems like that’s all school is about!  What if I told you that grammatical rules can be taught through experiential learning?  Have you ever been a word within a sentence?  What about a sentence within a paragraph?  Are you ready to share chants to help your students recall the difference between a simple, a compound, and a complex sentence?  Comma drama is alive and well, so let’s calm the fear and replace it with knowledge!  The more you know, the more you grow as a discerning writer.  Prepare yourself for the grammar experience of a teaching lifetime!

Course Details 

  • This course will be released December 2019.
  • Each session will accompany a 5-10 page downloadable handout.
  • After completion of EACH Unit, a CPE/CPU certificate will be issued to the person who has registered for the course.
  • The total hours available to be earned for the Editing Course is 6 hours.

 

Look at all of the units you receive upon completing this course!

  • UNIT 1:  The Complete Subject
  • UNIT 2:  The Verb Expert
  • UNIT 3:  Subject Verb Agreement
  • UNIT 4:  The Complete Predicate
  • UNIT 5:  Conjunctions
  • UNIT 6:  Clauses Versus Phrases
  • UNIT 7:  Sentence Weather
  • UNIT 8:  Review with Practice Passages

THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE FOR TEACHERS, AS WELL AS STUDENTS.

6 Hours: $90

  

  

Revising: We will…we will…R.O.C.K. you!  R.O.C.K.  and READ are our signature ways to help students differentiate between the 4 types of revision and the 4 types of questions that can appear when revision is needed.  If you’re not sure how to READ and R.O.C.K., register now for this course and you will be a part of an elite group of teachers who know how to revise, AND who know how to teach it to others!

Course Details 

  • This course will be released January 2020.
  • Each session will accompany a 5-10 page downloadable handout.
  • After completion of EACH Unit, a CPE/CPU certificate will be issued to the person who has registered for the course.
  • The total hours available to be earned for the Revising Course is 6 hours.

 

Look at all of the units you receive upon completing this course!

  • UNIT 1:  Vocabulary Matters
  • UNIT 2:  Comma Drama
  • UNIT 3:  R.E.A.D. (Rearrange Questions with Passage Practice)
  • UNIT 4:  R.E.A.D. (Exchange Questions with Passage Practice)
  • UNIT 5:  R.E.A.D. (Add Questions with Passage Practice)
  • UNIT 6:  R.E.A.D. (Delete Questions with Passage Practice)
  • UNIT 7:  R.O.C.K. (Repeats Answer Choices with Practice Passages)
  • UNIT 8:  R.O.C.K. (Offs Answer Choices with Practice Passages)
  • UNIT 9: R.O.C.K. (Connections Answer Choices with Practice Passages)
  • UNIT 10: R.O.C.K. (Key Knowledge Answer Choices with Practice Passages)
  • UNIT 11:  R.O.C.K. (Answer Choice Delineation with Practice Passages)

THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE FOR TEACHERS, AS WELL AS STUDENTS.

6 Hours: $90

  

  

Reading Courses

Passage Analysis Part 1 - (TAP – The concrete side of reading):  Who needs to know how to comprehend what they read anyway…that’s right, we ALL do!  Learn all about TRACKing a passage which leads to literary analysis comprehension of all the following: author’s purpose, summarization, main idea, and literary devices.  Can you even believe you receive all of that in one course?  Tap into the TANGIBLE details of reading comprehension complete with passages and sources included when you register now!

Course Details 

  • This course will be released January 2020.
  • Each session will accompany a 5-10 page downloadable handout.
  • After completion of EACH Unit, a CPE/CPU certificate will be issued to the person who has registered for the course.
  • The total hours available to be earned for the Passage Analysis – Part 1 Course is 6 hours.

 

Look at all of the units you receive upon completing this course!

  • UNIT 1:  Introduction to TAP Techniques
  • UNIT 2:  Literary Terminology
  • UNIT 3:  Author’s Purpose & Perspective
  • UNIT 4:  Elements of Literature
  • UNIT 5:  STICKing to the Story – Drawing it Out
  • UNIT 6:  T.R.A.C.K.S.
  • UNIT 7:  Literary Devices
  • UNIT 8:  Developing and Recognizing a Summary
  • UNIT 9:  Deciphering a Main Idea
  • UNIT 10:  Text Features

 

THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE FOR TEACHERS, AS WELL AS STUDENTS.

6 Hours: $75

 

 

Passage Analysis Part 2 - (THINK – The abstract side of reading):  If you’re not too sure about the distinct differences between main idea, summary, inferencing, and theme, then this course is an absolute MUST!  Imagine how many questions are missed every year because students confuse similar concepts?  Let’s break that cycle immediately!  Learn how to THINK through the ABSTRACT concepts that unfold while you are reading.  Sign up NOW!

Course Details 

  • This course will be released March 2020.
  • Each session will accompany a 5-10 page downloadable handout.
  • After completion of EACH Unit, a CPE/CPU certificate will be issued to the person who has registered for the course.
  • The total hours available to be earned for the Passage Analysis – Part 2 Course is 6 hours.

 

Look at all of the units you receive upon completing this course!

  • UNIT 1:  Introduction to THINK Techniques
  • UNIT 2:  Emotional Change within a Character
  • UNIT 3:  Poetry Analysis
  • UNIT 4:  Scroll Panel #1
  • UNIT 5:  Scroll Panel #2
  • UNIT 6:  Margin Scrolling
  • UNIT 7:  Passage Analysis Quick List Foldable

THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE FOR TEACHERS, AS WELL AS STUDENTS.

6 Hours: $75

  

 

Question & Answer Analysis: If you know the 7 most common themes that appear in reading passages, the 10 types of possible questions, and the 7 types of answer choice distractors, you are way ahead of the teacher down the hall from you!  If not, then the teacher down the hall might already be in on these key strategies!  Don’t be left behind….don’t let your students be left behind!  Lead them to the front of the pack with this reading analysis course!  Register now, and get ahead of the curve!

Course Details 

  • This course will be released April 2020.
  • Each session will accompany a 5-10 page downloadable handout.
  • After completion of EACH Unit, a CPE/CPU certificate will be issued to the person who has registered for the course.
  • The total hours available to be earned for the Question & Answer Anaylsis Course is 6 hours.

 

Look at all of the units you receive upon completing this course!

  • UNIT 1:  Introduction to the 10 Types of Questions and Terminology
  • UNIT 2:  Color-Coding Questions
  • UNIT 3:  The 7 Basic Themes of Literature
  • UNIT 4:  Answer Choice Distractors
  • UNIT 5:  Main Idea and Summary Analysis with Textual Evidence
  • UNIT 6:  Inferencing and Theme Analysis with Textual Evidence
  • UNIT 7:  The Difference Between Main Idea, Summary, and Theme Practice
  • UNIT 8:  Dual Passage Practice

 

THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE FOR TEACHERS, AS WELL AS STUDENTS.

6 Hours: $75

 

 

 

Reading WRITE Cross-Over Course

Raising the B.A.R.R. (Brief Answer Reading Response) channels all of that reading and writing knowledge into one place as students read for the purpose of responding in writing.  This life-long skill is sure to stay with students through their education years and beyond. Reading passages and sources to glean valuable information is a forever strategy toward being a discerning reader.  This course will open your heart to a variety of topics and truly show you HOW to pick out the important information.  Then, be ready to utilize that grand knowledge to answer a wide array of short answer response questions and prompts.  You will even experience how to grade these brief answer responses within this course!

Course Details 

  • This course will be released October 2020.
  • Each session will accompany a 5-10 page downloadable handout.
  • After completion of EACH Unit, a CPE/CPU certificate will be issued to the person who has registered for the course.
  • The total hours available to be earned for the Raising the BARR Course is 3 hours.

 

Look at all of the units you receive upon completing this course!

  • UNIT 1:  Introduction to Brief/Short Answer Responses
  • UNIT 2:  Deciphering Go Word, Topic, Charge, and Number
  • UNIT 3:  Writing a Thesis/Position Statement
  • UNIT 4:  Citing Textual Evidence - Directly
  • UNIT 5:  Citing Textual Evidence - Indirectly
  • UNIT 6:  Drawing Conclusions
  • UNIT 7:  Writing a Complete Response
  • UNIT 8:  Short/Brief Answer Analysis and Scoring

4 Hours: $39

 

 

 

Reading WRITE @ Home

Student Tutorial Courses

 
Tap & Think Reading: Do you have a child who is a struggling reader?  Does your child dread Reading? What about Writing?  Does your child need extra help to get through this stressful time?  How are your kids performing on Reading and Writing assessments?  Is dyslexia getting in the way?  The answer isn’t more Reading.  The answer isn’t more Writing.  The answer is Reading WRITE! Get ready to see children’s confidence soar, as they learn strategies that will take them into adulthood!  Reading and Writing should be a time for bonding, not a time for added stress, so get ready to see a whole new reader and writer in your house!  Don’t delay….Register TODAY!

 

Course #1: Passage Analysis Part 1 - (TAP – The Concrete Side of Reading)

3 Hours: $29

 

Course #2: Passage Analysis Part 2 - (THINK – The Abstract Side of Reading)

3 Hours: $29

 

Course #3: Question & Answer Analysis (What Do All of Those Questions and Answer Choices Mean Anyway?)

3 Hours: $29

 

 

The Writing Academy:  Reading and Writing are never too far apart!  Using our reading sources from our Reading section, watch as we transform your child into an excellent response writer in no time flat.  Have you ever struggled with creating a thesis statement? What if I told you I could make that an easy task for your 4th grader?  Has your child ever complained about a writing assignment? What if I told you they’d be asking to write after this course?  Have you ever searched for something, or someone, who could help you help your child? What if I told you, it’s here and it’s called Reading WRITE?  Come on over to The Writing Academy, and watch as students gain confidence and love for written communication.

 

Course #1: Narrative Composition Writing (Writing from Prompt to Product)

3 Hours: $29

 

Course #2: Expository/Informational Composition Writing (Writing from Prompt to Product)

3 Hours: $29

 

Course #3: Editing (The Grammar Side of Writing – Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences)

3 Hours: $29

 

Course #4: Revising Questions (What should I Rearrange, Exchange, Add, or Delete?)

3 Hours: $29

 

Course #5: Revising Answers (Does the Answer Contain a Repeat, Off, Connector, or Knowledge?)

3 Hours: $29