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Writing Instruction for Texas Educators - Chapter Summary
Use this comprehensive chapter to study useful techniques for teaching students about the writing process and identify ways you can allocate space in your classroom for writing development. Expert instructors will guide you through the seven steps of writing development in children so you can better understand the most effective sequence for teaching age-appropriate writing skills. Additionally, instructors explain the TEKS writing standards for elementary and middle school students, among other topics.
While these lessons are descriptive, they cover all the essential points related to the subject in an understandable and engaging format. Other key topics discussed in this chapter include:
- Writing development activities for both individual and group learning
- Designing appropriate writing assessments and tips for teaching self-evaluation
- Stages of the writing process
- Teaching students about audience, voice and writing style
- Incorporating technology into writing instruction
- Using precise language as a writing tool
After carefully considering the concepts presented in each lesson, take the opportunity to assess your retention by taking the short multiple-choice lesson quizzes. At the end of the chapter, you'll have the chance to take the more extensive chapter exam that covers multiple concepts. Use these assessments to identify areas that need further review. You can also print the quiz worksheets and all transcripts for lessons and use them as study resources while exploring the lessons.
1. TEKS Standards: Writing, Oral & Written Conventions
In this lesson, we will explore the TEKS standards for writing and oral and written language for elementary and middle school students and how to provide ongoing assessments in these areas to determine when interventions are necessary.
2. 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.
3. 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? View this lesson for ideas about how to use classroom space to encourage writing.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Individual & Group Interactive Writing Activities
Interactive writing is a cooperative event in which a teacher and students jointly compose and write a text. In this lesson, we will discuss how to use interactive writing in both individual and group settings.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Writing for Your Audience
By understanding some fundamental characteristics about your audience, you can write more effectively and be in better control of how well your writing is received by that audience. This video explains the basic points that you should consider in order to provide more informative and more persuasive essays for your readers.
10. Voice in Writing: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you'll learn what voice is in writing and how it can be used to make your writing unique. Take a look at some examples and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
11. What is Writing Style? - Types & Examples
What is writing style? Many people struggle to answer this question, because the answer can be vague. By evaluating several main types of writing and examples of each, we will try to answer this elusive question.
12. The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing
The simple tips in this lesson will help your writing come to life. Learn how to choose particular nouns and verbs that are active or that show precise states of being, perfect modifiers, and, as an added bonus, a very powerful writing tool: similes.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. Teaching Beginning Writing Skills to ELL Students
Teaching writing to beginning English language learners (ELLs) requires a variety of skills. This lesson lays out strategies, tips, and techniques for reaching this impressionable audience.
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