Writing Instructional Strategies
The most important factor to teaching students to write is to have them write. Writing should be done on a daily basis and should be fun for the students.
- Writer's workshop - first demonstrate for the class or model what they should do. For beginners, use phonics skills to sounds out words, students need to know that it is ok to make mistakes and we don't expect perfection when starting.
- Have students write about any appropriate topic they want to start.
- Once students have an understanding of what they should do, the next topic to teach is editing.
- Does my sentence make sense?
- Do my sentences start with a capital letter? Do my sentences have ending punctuation?
- Have students that would like to share sit in the author's chair. This is a great way for students to share what they have written in front of the class. Students should share after they have written, edited, and practiced reading what they have written.
- Transition words
- Point out different transition words throughout the room or in books that are read.
- Model how transition words can be used: first, then, next, finally
- Have students look through their writings looking for transition words.
- Have students write using transition words, how to stories are great for this.
- Cunningham, P. M., & Allington, R. L. (2016). Classrooms that work: They can all read and write. Pearson.
- Writing. Reading Rockets. (2022, June 15). Retrieved July 30, 2022, from https://www.readingrockets.org/reading-topics/writing