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Instructor: Natalie Boyd

Natalie is a teacher and holds an MA in English Education and is in progress on her PhD in psychology.

How can educators teach children to be good writers? In this lesson, we'll look at some of the tools and materials designed to do that, including the writer's workshop, guided writing, writing notebooks, and word walls.

Writing Development

Josh is a writing teacher, and he knows it is very important to help his students develop their writing skills. As they grow, writing will become an important part of both their academic and professional lives.

So how can Josh help his students become great writers? There are two elements that teachers can use to help students develop their writing skills: tools and activities. Let's look closer at each of these elements and how Josh can use them to help his students grow as writers.

Tools & Materials

Josh knows how important it is for him to teach his students to be good writers. He also knows that a key element of teaching anything is having the right tools and materials for his students.

There are many good tools and materials that Josh can use in classroom writing activities. These include journals, also known as writing notebooks. Josh has each of his students keep a writing notebook to record their thoughts, observations, and feelings. Sometimes, he gives them a topic to help get them going, but many times, he just lets them write freely.

Josh knows that writing notebooks should be a place to incubate thoughts. He tells his students not to worry about producing 'good' writing in their notebooks. Instead, he tells them to just get thoughts down on paper. Later, they can move things out of their notebooks and revise them to make them better, but the notebook itself should just be a collection of ideas that they can draw from later.

Word walls are another great tool for writing classrooms. Here, Josh can put important vocabulary words up for the whole class to see. This allows students to develop their vocabulary in a very physical, visual way.

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