The reading-writing connection is HUGE, but for many students, writing is a REAL struggle. Kids get stuck with coming up with ideas, may work at a slower pace, may be unwilling to attempt when the writing not “right”, or may have real struggles with connecting oral words to print (spelling). Because of these barriers, we KNOW that consistent writing instruction and practice is critical. Today, I am joining in with my literacy friends at The Reading Crew to share suggestions of classroom routines that will help you and your students develop a love of writing.
Keep Balance in Your Writing Program
To begin, it’s important to understand that writing can and should be infused throughout the curriculum, but simply including it in all subject areas isn’t enough either. Consider this diagram. If you think about your total day, you can probably “check the box” on informal writing easily with journaling, graphic organizers, exit tickets, and writing in response to reading. However, it’s also important to use varied assignments (genres) in order to teach writing structures AND use process writing to finely tune writing skills.
Organize Writer’s Notebooks
Build a Community of Writers (and Readers)
Make Time for Writing
Take Advantage of Technology
With my lessons, I use the Six Traits of Writing. For wonderful lessons focused on them, you should visit The Writing Fix. The Writing Fix is a website sponsored by the Northern Nevada Writing Project. It features carefully chosen mentor texts and coordinating writing assignment AND includes all of the materials. If you’d like to learn more about it, you can read my post over on Classroom Tested Resources.