The Writing Process for Students with Learning Disabilities

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  • 0:04 Effective Writing Instruction
  • 1:31 The Writing Process
  • 3:07 Writing for Special Needs
  • 3:51 Support
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Instructor: Sharon Linde
Writing instruction for students with learning disabilities includes several methods addressing special needs. This lesson outlines the steps of the writing process and shows strategies teachers can use to assist students with learning difficulties.

Effective Writing Instruction

Think about how you learned to write. What types of instruction did you receive? Did your teachers teach you the writing process, the steps writers go through to create and finish writing? Or maybe your teacher was more focused on teaching you to find your creativity or self-expression. The type of writing instruction you received may have had a huge impact on the type of writer you are right now. Like the development of most skills, students who receive effective writing instruction find more success as writers.

So what is effective writing instruction? Although there are many quality methods of teaching children to write, effective writing programs include the following components:

  • Writing is completed daily in a predictable method that asks students to create and revise their work
  • Teachers create an environment that allows students to take risks
  • Frequent conferences between teachers and students as well as between students that supports aspects of the writing process
  • An instructional program in which the teacher demonstrates the writing process
  • Time for students to share work and offer feedback to each other
  • Writing is integrated across the curriculum
  • Chances for students to practice self-regulation, making choices about what they write, where they write, and when they need further support

When students receive writing instruction that is explicit, it allows them to develop their craft without risk and gives them choices about how to develop as a writer and find success. Let's take a closer look.

The Writing Process

Many writing instructional methods include what is called the writing process. This model uses several predictable steps to guide students toward creating a final piece of writing. Though some programs have slightly different steps, the most basic includes these four main components:

  1. Planning
  2. Drafting
  3. Editing
  4. Publishing

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