Activities for Developing Writing Skills

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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.

Josh tries to make his word wall colorful and visually inviting. He keeps it simple and uncluttered and puts up the most recent vocabulary words that the class is learning. That way, students can turn to the word wall to help them as they learn the words.

A writing center is another good tool for writing. This is a place in the classroom where students can go to write. It can include writing materials, like paper and pens or pencils, as well as tools like a list of story starters or questions to get the kids thinking.

Josh's writing center is in a quiet corner of his classroom, which is important because students will want peace and quiet to help them concentrate as they write.


Josh knows that having the right tools, like writing notebooks, a word wall, and a writing center, is crucial for helping his students develop their writing skills. But equally important are the writing activities that he chooses to use in his classroom.

For example, a writer's workshop is a way of teaching writing through explanation, modeling, and practice of writing in all its varied forms. A writer's workshop is a great way for Josh to demonstrate how to be a writer. He can explain an element of writing, like using a simile, and then model it by showing how he would construct a piece of writing with a simile in it. Finally, he would have his students practice using similes in their own writing. This is a great activity to allow his students to learn how to become writers.

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