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Strategies for Developing Student Writing Skills - Chapter Summary
This chapter can help you gain full comprehension of top strategies for developing students' writing skills. Take a fun journey through short lessons that refresh your knowledge of the writing process. Study the social nature of writing, ways to use technology to teach writing, assistive technology for writing in the classroom and more. After completing this chapter, you will be ready to:
- Explain the connections between writing and reading for children
- Outline patterns of writing development and ways to foster children's motivation to write
- Share strategies for modeling positive reading and writing behaviors for students
- Discuss the best ways to create a supportive environment for writing
- Offer techniques for using classroom space for writing development
- List and discuss activities for developing writing skills
- Describe ways teachers can differentiate writing instruction for students
Each lesson in this chapter is available 24/7, can be viewed using computers or mobile devices, and features a short quiz you can take to assess your knowledge of key topics. Review all of the lessons sequentially or select only those you need to study most. If questions arise while reviewing the lessons, send them to our subject-matter experts using the Dashboard. You can feel confident in your understanding of this material by taking our comprehensive practice exam before sitting for your actual exam.
1. The Writing Process: Stages & Activities
Writers don't just sit down and write; they go through a process to perfect their writing. In this lesson, we'll look at the writing process and how teachers can use it in their classrooms, including specific activities for each stage.
2. Connections Between Reading & Writing for Children
Reading and writing are intimately connected to each other. While this may seem intuitive to many adults, this isn't always clear to children. In this lesson, we'll look at what teachers can do in the classroom to help students with both.
3. Patterns of Writing Development for Children
How do children go from scribbling randomly on a page to writing words and sentences and paragraphs? In this lesson, we'll answer that question as we explore the seven major steps in writing development.
4. Fostering the Motivation to Write in Children
Writing is learned, improved, and embraced through motivation and regular practice. How to best motivate a young writer is dependent on age, and their desire flourishes through consistent, positive reinforcement.
5. Modeling Positive Reading & Writing Behaviors for Students
We learn a lot of our behaviors early on from watching our parents complete daily tasks. The same goes for the reading and writing process. Read this lesson to learn about how to model positive reading and writing behaviors to help all students succeed.
6. The Social Nature of Writing for the Classroom: Voice, Audience, Response & Activities
In spite of the image of writers as lone wolves who write in isolation, writing is a social activity. In this lesson, we'll look at how to teach the social aspects of writing, including voice and audience, as well as some classroom activities for these social aspects.
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.
8. Using Classroom Space for Writing Development
How can the environment help students develop their writing? And how can teachers design a classroom that encourages writing development? Watch this lesson for ideas about how to use classroom space to encourage writing.
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. How to Differentiate Writing Instruction for Students
How can teachers reach all learners during writing instruction? This lesson highlights several strategies to differentiate writing instruction and gives examples of how each is used in the classroom.
11. Using Technology to Teach Writing
In this lesson, teachers will learn how to use technology in order to teach students writing and publishing techniques. Additionally, this lesson will discuss how teachers can use various technological resources to facilitate students using written communication in various modes in their classrooms.
12. Assistive Technology for Writing in the Classroom
This lesson looks at assistive technology for writing in the classroom that is worth writing about. Explore assistive technology for students needing support for writing composition, fine motor handwriting skills, and/or other areas of need.
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Other chapters within the TExES Reading Specialist (151): Study Guide & Test Prep course
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- Teaching Phonemic Awareness
- Teaching Print Concepts & Alphabetic Principle
- Teaching Word Identification
- Developing & Assessing Literacy
- Teaching & Assessing Reading Fluency
- Fostering Reading Comprehension in the Classroom
- Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension
- Developing Student Vocabularies
- Teaching the Mechanics of Writing
- Assessing Student Writing Skills
- Instructional Methods & Resources for Texas Teachers
- Theoretical Foundations & Research-Based Curriculum
- English Language Learners Instruction
- Assessment Instruments & Methods
- Assessment-Related Concepts
- Handling Reading Difficulties & Disabilities for Texas Teachers
- Reading Intervention Strategies
- Collaboration & Professional Development for Reading Specialists