Ch 3: Teaching the Writing Process

About This Chapter

If you'd like to further develop your writing skills and those of your students, utilize the online video lessons in this Teaching the Writing Process teacher resource chapter. It includes short quizzes that will chart your progress.

Teaching the Writing Process - Chapter Summary

The information in this self-paced chapter is designed to help you implement innovative writing strategies in your classroom. Each of the online educational videos focuses on areas such as grammar, brainstorming, editing and organizational techniques. Use what you learn here to challenge your pupils to become better writers, and help them gather and remember new facts. Throughout this chapter, you can absorb information about:

  • Specific writing process activities
  • The pre-writing stage
  • Paragraph writing
  • Introducing literary genres, mechanics, grammar and organizational techniques
  • Revision and editing strategies
  • Avoiding plagiarism

The engaging video lessons in this writing chapter are short and entertaining as well as information-dense. Presented online and designed expressly for teachers, they can be viewed on your mobile device or desktop computer anytime throughout the day. You'll find a timeline link under the videos that leads to their main points. Multiple-choice quizzes ensure your comprehension, and text transcripts include bold terminology related to writing processes.

How It Helps

  • Prepares you: The video lessons emphasize the importance of teaching pre-writing techniques and the necessity of carefully reading and interpreting a writing prompt.
  • Teaches organizational techniques: Studying this lesson can provide you with the tools needed to introduce organizational writing techniques to your students.
  • Explains paragraph writing techniques: Make certain your students know how to construct paragraphs and recognize topic sentences as well as the importance of their locations within paragraphs.

Skills Covered

Once you've completed this chapter, you could be capable of:

  • Guiding students through the stages of the writing process
  • Utilizing pre-writing techniques, such as mapping
  • Understanding the purpose of focus and organization when building paragraphs
  • Creating activities that are designed to help students recognize the likenesses and contrasts between literary genres
  • Providing your students with the skills necessary to edit their writing
  • Showing students how to prevent instances of plagiarism

10 Lessons in Chapter 3: Teaching the Writing Process
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Writing Process: Stages & Activities

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.

Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

2. Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

You should learn prewriting techniques, such as brainstorming, mapping, and freewriting, to produce well-planned, focused essays. This lesson explains the basics for how to conduct effective prewriting.

Teaching Paragraph Writing

3. Teaching Paragraph Writing

Using published paragraphs as models in class can help students write stronger paragraphs through an examination of how authors utilize focus, organization, and evidence.

Using Stoplight Paragraphs to Teach Writing

4. Using Stoplight Paragraphs to Teach Writing

In this lesson, you will learn a strategy for teaching writing to students called ''Stoplight Paragraphs.'' This teaching method uses the traffic light as a symbol to teach students how to write a well-organized paragraph.

How to Teach Literary Genres: Techniques & Activities

5. How to Teach Literary Genres: Techniques & Activities

To help your students become lifelong readers, you are going to have to teach them about different genres of literature. This lesson will provide some strategies, techniques and activities for teaching literary genres to your students.

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.

How to Teach Organizational Techniques for Writing

7. How to Teach Organizational Techniques for Writing

Organizing a piece of writing is one of the most challenging aspects of becoming an independent writer. This lesson will help you learn how to teach the organization of writing.

Teaching Students to Revise & Edit Their Work

8. Teaching Students to Revise & Edit Their Work

Revision and editing are critical steps in the writing process. What's a good way to teach students how to revise and edit? This lesson will offer some dynamic methods of instructing revision and editing. Read on and learn.

How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

9. How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

Plagiarism is a very serious matter in both academia and professional writing. Plagiarism in an academic setting can lead to you failing a course or being removed from school completely. Plagiarism in professional writing can lead to being fired from a job or finding yourself in court being sued. Let's figure out how to avoid this issue!

Addressing & Preventing Plagiarism in the Classroom

10. Addressing & Preventing Plagiarism in the Classroom

In this lesson, we will define plagiarism, discuss common reasons for students plagiarizing or being tempted to plagiarizing, writing problems that may lead to plagiarism, and tips for teachers to minimize plagiarism in the classroom.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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