Improving Written Expression

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Improving the writing skills of students having difficulty in this area is not easy.  There are several key components underlying students’ writing difficulties: A failure to plan and effectively organise their writing. Difficulty in writing a sufficient quantity of text … Continued

Increasing Creativity

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Underpinning effective writing is creative thinking. The following activities have been shown to be effective for developing creativity. When you do these activities with children, keep it fun and join in, offering your ideas as well. Alternative Uses The Alternative … Continued

Write to an Author

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Children are more likely to be engaged in writing if they have a genuine reason for writing. One strategy is to encourage children to write to an author (particularly a favourite author of books they love).  As a part of … Continued

Teaching Students to be Effective Writers

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The practice guide “Teaching Elementary School Students to be Effective” provides specific, evidence-based recommendations for teaching writing. Below is an overview of the four key recommendations and associated teaching strategies and an indicator of the current level of evidence supporting … Continued

Persuasive Writing Graphic

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I love teaching persuasive writing because it just requires the teaching of a formula. Once students have mastered the formula then they are able to write a cohesive, structured argument. The difficulty for many children is remembering the formula and … Continued