Target List-Making as a Writing Genre

Target List-Making as a Writing Genre

Learning Center Subscribe to Ask Smekens Filter by Category: All Reading Reader's Workshop Management Comprehension Planning Comprehension Lessons Standardized Reading Assessments Text Selection Annotating & Note-Taking Writing About Reading Literacy Stations...
Motivate Young Writers with Holiday Topics

Motivate Young Writers with Holiday Topics

Motivate Young Writers with Holiday Topics Dec 13, 2016 | [Writing] FAQ: What are ways to use the upcoming holidays to spur on my young writers? ANSWER: When the holidays draw closer, young students often get so wrapped up in the excitement that they struggle to stay...
Increase Writing Fluency in Primary Grades

Increase Writing Fluency in Primary Grades

Increase Writing Fluency in Primary Grades Oct 20, 2015 | [Writing] FAQ: How do you increase writing fluency? ANSWER: For the primary student, ELL, and special education student, the school year often starts with a focus on pictorial writing and labeling. Students...
Reveal the Different Purposes for Writing

Reveal the Different Purposes for Writing

Introducing students to the different reasons we write is essential. We don’t write because our teacher tells us to. We write because we have something to say. (Access bulletin board photo example.) However, conveying this abstract concept to youngsters can be...
Turn up the Voice in Primary Writing

Turn up the Voice in Primary Writing

For many teachers, voice can be an elusive trait to teach. What is it? How do you teach it? Voice shows how the writer “feels” about the topic. And for young writers, voice can be a powerful ingredient in their pictures and early writing. Encouraging them...