Tips and Tricks for Teaching Writing

  1.  Each student will have his/her own folder and will place each writing assignment in that folder.

 2.  Each student will keep a journal and will do assignment at the beginning of class while roll is taken. Grades will be percentage of completion.

       Examples: a brief description of  that morning, a description of the sky as observed on the way to school, parts of speech found in sentence written on board, diagram a sentence that is written on board, something short but will help students learn.

 3.  Students will write something every day.  Grades will be completion for most assignments.

 4.  Grade each class’ folder once a week. Student will choose one assignment to be graded completely. The rest will be completion grades.

 5.  Exception for grading will be during research paper project. Then each section will be graded for completion except otherwise determined by instructor.

 6.  Bits and pieces of literature can be used as examples.

 7.  Set aside at least one period a week for writing. Join students in writing; set an example.

 8.  The focus of English classes should be for students to be accomplished writers. Businesses are protesting that they can’t find employees who can write effectively, are providing remedial classes in writing, and not just business documents.

 9.  Put together a “literary magazine” of top writing items (poetry, short stories, articles, narratives, etc.). Doesn’t have to be “professional” product.

10. Teach writing in units: poetry, essays, short stories. Do the first step with each as a class project. For example, poetry, emotion personification.


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