Developing Students’ Writing Ability
Make it easier on yourself to read students’ writing, by looking at what the needs are, and developing focus mini-lessons, peer edit guides targeted to needs, and the best possible rubric to guide writing. Providing exemplars of specific writing areas is very helpful for students. Saving great pieces from year to year helps. When we read aloud to the class great writing pieces from the class, or even an inviting introduction, or pinpointing closing sentence that nails down a point or argument, this spurs good writing. Students can learn to love self-expression and finding their writing voice.
MA Standards are great writing guides for fluency, expression, and organization, beginning with Lucy Calkins’ tenet that students writing best on what they know about and care about.
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