When considering all of the aspects of literacy the most challenging skill to teach and engage students in generally is the skill of writing. Students must be taught the different types of writing as teachers seek to differentiate their curriculum between public and private writing techniques. Below are a collection of helpful strategies on both public and private writing that are sure to capture student's interest.
Read, Write, Pair, Share
This strategy is a great way to have students engage in literacy in all facets: reading, writing, listening and speaking. This strategy can be used in any discipline and is a great way to engage all students in the classroom. Since all students are responsible for their learning using this strategy, a teacher can use the technique of 'cold call' after students complete the pair, share portion of the strategy.
The possibilities with this activity are endless. This technique is a great way to have students reflect on a lesson, homework, project or bring information from other classes to learn a new lesson all together. If this activity is used as an admission to a class it helps students prepare their minds for the coming lesson. If this activity is used for an exit from class, it forces students to make bigger connections or reflect on the lesson to show that they understood the lesson of the day or week. RL
A teacher chooses a favorite text to read to the class out loud, and then hands the students a paper that asks them to mimc the writing style and form of the passage. Although this may be really difficult for some students, the frames act as a guide to their writing. However, some students may feel more freedom to mimic the passage on their own, so both options should be given. Be sure to point out the grammatical structure of the passage, as this is the reason student's are mimicking the passage in the first place. If students practice like major authors, they are more exposed to variances in writing styles, which helps students hone their own writing style.
This is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning.
During ED PSYCH this Fall we used the attached template. I first got this template from an outstanding high school English teacher. It's general in nature, yet it holds students accountable for reading before class and listening during class. It also givens them daily practice in writing down ideas. I highly suggest you try a variation of this. Dr. W