Create a Writing Curriculum of Mini-Units

Posted on August 13, 2018

Create mini-units to replace the "mother lode" approach. This utilizes a spiral-instruction approach where students experience a particular type of writing in multiple, smaller doses.

Define the Purpose of Every Grammar Skill

Posted on November 10, 2017

To counter students' disinterest in conventions, make a point to add the purpose of the convention in your lessons. Explain why a writer would use this skill. Show the impact or effect of this skill on their message in writing.

Integrate Mentor Text within Writing Instruction

Posted on September 19, 2017

Share mentor text during a mini-lesson to allow students to read strong examples. Writers learn how to execute a writing skill by studying the skill in authentic text.

Clarify That Voice is a Choice

Posted on July 19, 2017

Teachers often approach the trait of voice with a little apprehension. Although some students write with voice naturally, all students can be taught how to include it in their own writing.

Introduce the 6 Traits

Posted on April 18, 2017

The six researched components of all good writing (ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions) need to be introduced to students in a kid-friendly way.

Clarify Developed Versus Details

Posted on April 18, 2017

"Developed" writing includes ideas that are elaborated and supported. Developed writing includes reasons or ideas backed up with specifics, proof, and evidence revealed in additional sentences.

Piece Together Informative Introductions

Posted on April 18, 2017

Rather than giving students a recipe for informative introductions, teach them optional ingredients to build into the first paragraph. Think of a puzzle rather than a recipe. The ingredients become pieces of the puzzle to be crafted into an introductio

Identify Strong Word Choice with the Purple Highlighter

Posted on April 18, 2017

Providing students regular feedback on their word choice is necessary. If we don't communicate that we noticed their attempts at strong word choice, why would they continue to strive for it. But is there a timely method for this kind of feedback?

Incorporate Persuasive, Informative, & Narrative Writing in PK-1

Posted on April 18, 2017

The CCR standards expect the three modes of writing to be taught at every grade level.It's easy to see how these fit into the middle school or high school classroom or even in the intermediate grade levels. But how do you teach them to kindergartne

Compare Argumentative v. Persuasive Writing

Posted on April 18, 2017

The adoption of college and career-ready standards has included an addition of argumentative writing at all grade levels. Interpreting expectations among the types of argument (e.g., opinion, persuasive, argument, etc.) can be difficult.