Archives: June 2009

  1. Tips for Working with Reluctant Writers

    Tips for Working with Reluctant Writers  Tip One:        Provide A Visual Reward Picture the struggling writer:  He sits at the table, a blank sheet of paper in front of him.  He swings his feet back and forth, taps the pencil on the table, rubs his head and sighs.  Because he is a compliant child, he sincerely tries to do his...
  2. Evaluating Writing

    Evaluating Writing As the parent or teacher, you already know to check your students' writing for quality of content and mechanics.  What else do you look for?  Is the writing concrete? Look for specific words ("farmer" rather than "man"; "raced" rather than "ran"). Is it clear? Are there ambiguities or inconsistencies in thought or expression? Is it concise? Check for...
  3. Writer's Planning Form

    I added a new, down-loadable "freebie" to help students with their writing projects.  The "Planning Form" can be accessed under the "Free Stuff" button. Many students like the structure the form provides.  It helps them organize their thoughts and gives direction for the writing process.  The first thing the form requests is a working title.  A working title can help...

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