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I got some great responses to my last post — many of them in person in school hallways or grocery store aisles, but also via text and email.
The overarching themes were: I agree and am thrilled to engage in this topic here on Wonder Teacher! Did you try my little exercise from the last post? This is not a comprehensive list, by the way, just a bit of my brainstorm.
There are many different reasons for writing. To write effectively, you need to have a clear purpose and know your audience in order to communicate your message well. If we want our students to be great writers, we need to stop making all of our instruction focused on spelling and punctuation marks.
As we teach children to interpret the purpose of a piece of text in reading, we can also teach them about the different purposes for writing. To entertain, inform, persuade, etc. In my own writing life, I write in bursts and snippets.
Sometimes I can sit down and write for hours and sometimes I just jot an idea in my notebook to revisit later because it hit me while I was cleaning the bathroom. This unique season in my life has forced me to get creative with my writing time. I do lots of brainstorming and note-making in carpool lines so that when I sit down to write I can knock it out!
Encourage your students to revisit their writing whenever they get an idea or have extra time. Yes, they should write during your writing block but what about during down time? Or morning work time? Some children even get so excited that they want to work on their writing at home.
Revision is a constant thought process and never really ends.
Revision begins the moment you finish writing a few sentences in a first draft and it continues until you reach your deadline. Kids need to understand this fact without it becoming burdensome. Modeling is the very best way to teach this concept.
Time is the best agent for strong revision- being away from a piece gives you fresh eyes! The goal is to make their writing as powerful as possible!
Truly, this is a fairly advanced understanding and young children are often quite happy to leave their writing just as it is! It takes some gentle coaching and a lot of modeling to build this understanding.
It is easiest to write about things you know; your own life, your experiences, your interests and beliefs. This is the reason prompt-based writing approaches are so ineffective.
Ditch the forced prompts! Instead, brainstorm with your children a list of possible topics for writing and encourage them to choose their own topics. Here are some ideas: Those are prompt driven! Here is where I land on this issue: I would rather bring a strong writer to a prompt-based test than a weak writer.
Sure, a few weeks before the test I will need to teach my children how prompts work and what is expected of them when they face one. However, I prepare them for that moment by providing them with rich and authentic writing experiences all year so they have some ammo in the arsenal when they get to the test!
Also, you can explore units of study with children that are built around a writing genre such as narrative or persuasive writing and still give them plenty of opportunities to write to their passions.Letter writing can be fun, help children learn to compose written text, and provide handwriting practice.
This guide contains activities to help children ages put pen to paper and make someone's day with a handwritten letter.
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Persuasive writing can open many doors. A well-written persuasive letter makes the reader your ally, showing her why giving you that job, internship, acceptance letter or other help is in her interest, too.
Make it logical for the reader to say yes, whatever the question may be. Whether you're applying for an academic. Practicing persuasive writing helps kids become accustomed to stating their appeals and offering evidence for their arguments.
This exercise also helps students understand how other people attempt to persuade them—whether it is a friend, classmate, or through advertising and the media.
Thank you, thank you for your clear explanation of the tragedy that has befallen our educational system. I am a retired high school English teacher () who left with 30 years experience partly because the administration made it clear that it did not respect or value the expertise of experienced teachers.
A lesson plan for teaching your students the components of writing a persuasive business letter. Teachers. Teachers Home Lessons and Ideas Books and Authors The Persuasive Letter Students will learn how to "persuade kids" to .