Teaching Writing With the Three Cueing System

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

The three cueing system is commonly used to teach reading; however the same system can be used to support writers in their learning process. This lesson reviews the three cues in the context of teaching writing.

Three-Cueing System

The three cueing system is a common system used to teach children to read. The cueing system involves approaching unfamiliar words from each of three knowledge components to determine what the word is and what it means. Semantic cues deal with the knowledge of the world, culture, and general topics. Syntactic cues deal with a student's understanding of grammar rules. Graphophonic cues are cues given to the student based on what the word looks like (think of it like visual spelling, identifying tall letters versus short letters and the patterns of spelling that are known to the reader). By using knowledge of the world, knowledge of grammar rules, and knowledge of how words look, students can approach a new word with confidence.

But, what does that have to do with teaching a student to write? Well, everything really. What is writing but the creation of something to read? Teachers can use the same cueing system that is used to help children learn to read in order to help them learn to write. This lesson will shed some light on how to go about using the three cueing system to teach students to write.

Semantic Cues

You can think of semantic cues as what a person knows. This is generally information about the world around them: culture, geography, animals, the environment, anything that a person can know about. The extent of a student's vocabulary is also part of semantic cues in that the more words a person knows, the more information they have to pull from when faced with a new word or trying to describe a concept.

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