Prioritize End-of-the-year Writing Skills

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Prioritize End-of-the-year Writing Skills

Posted on May 14, 2008

Prioritize End-of-the-year Writing Skills

Spring is that time of year when there are so many things bombarding the classroom teacher that it's difficult to stay focused on the top priorities. Instructionally, parallel the end of the year similar to the beginning of the year. Many of you know about the "Launch" in August & September. Well, let's consider your "Landing" for April & May.

Often this crunch time becomes more about "getting things done" than focusing on core skills and standards. Instead of cranking out another final draft in writing, I would make a list of the 3-5 core skills in writing that students are still struggling with at this point in the year. Identify those essential literacy skills that are crucial for your students.

For example, in writing this list of core skills might include:

Spend these final weeks of school honing these core skills and strengthening your students" writing habits. Look to weave these skills into content-area subjects, too. Find ways for students to continue experimenting and applying these skills. In the end, it's not about the last published writing. Rather, it's about building powerful, independent writers.