Ch 27: GACE Middle Grades ELA: Teaching Writing

About This Chapter

Brush up on techniques for teaching writing with our video lessons and quizzes. This chapter's lessons can help you prepare for questions on this topic when you take the GACE Middle Grades ELA exam.

GACE Middle Grades ELA: Teaching Writing - Chapter Summary

Let us help you refresh your skills in teaching writing as you prepare for the GACE Middle Grades ELA exam. After watching these lessons, you should be ready to tackle exam questions on the elements of effective writing instruction, encouraging students to think critically about writing as well as the following topics:

  • Utilizing the three cueing system to teach writing
  • Teaching reflective writing strategies and creating a supportive writing environment
  • Explaining grammar and mechanics of writing
  • Helping students to evaluate their own writing
  • Selecting writing development assessments and formative assessments
  • Setting a grading rubric for literary essays

These lessons are packed with expert advice and solid examples of strategies for teaching writing in a middle grades classroom. You can study at your own pace, on a computer or mobile device. The video tags included in the lessons make it simple to go back to key topics without having to re-watch the entire lesson.

11 Lessons in Chapter 27: GACE Middle Grades ELA: Teaching Writing
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How to Teach Writing

1. How to Teach Writing

This lesson focuses on ways to teach students the writing process and provides engaging ways to teach steps of the writing process and how to organize ideas while writing.

Elements of Effective Writing Instruction

2. 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.

Encouraging Students to Think Critically About Writing

3. 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.

Teaching Writing With the Three Cueing System

4. 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.

Reflective Writing Strategies to Show Student Understanding

5. 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.

Teaching Grammar & Mechanics: Techniques & Strategies

6. Teaching Grammar & Mechanics: Techniques & Strategies

Grammar and language mechanics are important technical skills for students to learn if they want to become successful communicators. However, teaching these skills can be slightly boring or dry. These techniques and strategies will help you teach grammar and mechanics in an engaging manner.

Creating a Supportive Environment for Writing

7. Creating a Supportive Environment for Writing

This lesson will provide some concrete strategies that can be used to create a classroom environment that supports and nurtures writing instruction. These strategies are geared towards elementary and middle school students, but some can apply to all grade levels.

Teaching Students to Evaluate Their Own Writing

8. Teaching Students to Evaluate Their Own Writing

Students who can evaluate their own writing are better equipped to independently produce polished and communicative pieces. This lesson gives you some ideas about how to help students assess their own work.

Selecting Writing Development Assessments for Students

9. Selecting Writing Development Assessments for Students

Teachers need to use assessments in order to design writing instruction to meet all students' needs. This lesson describes writing assessments and shows how to design a writing assessment for students of all grade and ability levels.

Formative Assessment Ideas for Writing

10. Formative Assessment Ideas for Writing

Formative assessments are a great way for teachers to gauge student strengths and weaknesses. In this lesson, teachers will learn about a variety of formative assessments for writing and how they can be utilized in the classroom.

How to Set a Grading Rubric for Literary Essays

11. How to Set a Grading Rubric for Literary Essays

Setting a rubric is an integral part of any essay assignment. This lesson will help you learn how to set an effective rubric so that your students understand what is expected of them.

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