About This Chapter
Activities for Teaching Writing - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, our instructors guide you through several strategies and in-class activities that may be useful for writing teachers. Among other topics, you will learn about the following:
- Techniques of guiding students through the writing process
- Introducing new vocabulary
- Aspects of effective writing instruction
- Cultivating a collaborative learning environment
- Methods of encouraging students to think critically about writing
- Steps of effective writing steps and instruction
- The three cueing system
- Reflective writing strategies
Starting with a broader lesson on teaching writing, you'll learn ways to engage your students in steps of the writing process while organizing their ideas, then go into more advanced topics such as teaching students to think critically. Each lesson will allow you to check your understanding of the concepts discussed with a quiz, while each chapter's main points will be gone over in a chapter exam.
How It Helps
- Promotes collaboration: You'll learn how to foster a classroom environment of collaboration by using interactive and guided writing instruction.
- Offer critical approaches to writing: Understand how to instill a critical perspective in students and how this can help them generate ideas for writing and understand the writing process.
- Learn by doing: You'll learn about several writing activities to employ in the classroom to help students grow in their writing as they write, such as journals, word walls, and interactive writing.
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Apply a variety of writing instruction strategies and activities to your classroom
- Create a classroom environment of collaboration and critical thinking in writing
- Teach writing in a sequence that caters to the growth and varying skill levels of students
- Engage students in the writing process and introduce them to new vocabulary
- Use the three cueing system of syntactic cues, semantic cues, and graphophonic cues in your instruction
- Identify and employ the elements of effective writing instruction, including supporting the efficacy of student writers
1. How to Teach Writing
This lesson will focus on ways to teach students the writing process and will provide engaging ways to teach steps of the writing process and organize ideas while writing.
2. How to Teach New Vocabulary
This lesson describes how to introduce a new vocabulary word and several sample activities for reinforcing the meanings of the terms. A short quiz follows the lesson.
3. Elements of Effective Writing Instruction
Writing instruction can often be a time-consuming, tedious task. However, it is an incredibly important skill that all students must learn. This lesson will detail the elements of effective writing instruction that will hopefully make teaching writing exciting and engaging for all.
4. Writing as a Collaborative Process
Writing instruction has several components, including collaborative practices like interactive and guided writing. This lesson zooms in on writing with students, or collaboratively, explaining what it is and what it looks like in a classroom.
5. Encouraging Students to Think Critically About Writing
When teaching students to write, you will want them to have a critical understanding of the writing process. This lesson gives you some ideas for teaching students to think and work like writers.
6. The Sequence of Teaching Writing to Students
Teaching writing follows a predictable set of steps. What are they and what sequence do they follow? This lesson fills you in on the ins and outs of teaching writing.
7. Teaching Writing With the Three Cueing System
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.
8. Reflective Writing Strategies to Show Student Understanding
Teachers can use students' writing for many purposes. One of these, reflective writing, is a great way to get a pulse on student learning. This lesson defines reflective writing and shows how it can be used to reflect student understanding.
9. Activities for Developing Writing Skills
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.
10. Using Graphic Organizers for Prewriting
In this lesson, you will learn why you should use a graphic organizer before you write. You will also learn why a graphic organizer is an important part of the writing process.
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