An effective writer is usually successful in whatever profession they choose. I am not talking about journal writing, personal narrative writing or fiction writing. Students need to be effective technical writers. They need to know how to organize an informational piece of writing, whether it be an essay or a report. This is the type of writing that will be required of them again and again...throughout school and into their professional and personal lives. Those people who find it difficult to write effectively, will find it difficult to succeed not only in their professions, but in their lives.
Math, Science, Social studies??? All of those subjects require students to also be effective writers. More and more students are being asked to explain their thinking in writing on formal assessments. As educators of all levels, we need to invest more time on writing instruction
We need to take the focus off of "fluffy" writing like narratives, fiction and journal prompts, and emphasize the meatier types of writing including essay, memoir, biography, and information reporting. These are the types of writing that will help our students to succeed in all aspects of their life.
That is not to say that we should ignore other types of writing, but we should definitely put more emphasis on writing informatively
I have recently put together some resources to help teachers bring informational writing to their students easily and effectively (I hope). The unit focuses on delivering information in written form using three organizational structures: description, sequence, and comparison. It also gives students several pre-writing strategies. It shows how to use pre-writing strategies to organize their draft using the following to tools: flow charts, timelines, boxes & bullets, and webs.
The best thing about this new unit is that I have included a complete sample text to help guide students through the process of writing their own. It is soooo helpful when you have an example to show students exactly what you are looking for. It is nearly impossible to find time to create model texts for my students ahead of time, and when I try to generate writing in front of my students, I can never think "on my toes." This resource kit has all of that done for you!! I can't wait to start using these resources with my students!
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