We all tend to agree that we want our students’ writing to be less formulaic, but we seem reluctant as teachers to let go of those formulas. It seems that we can focus less on formulas if we instead utilize strategies that make more transparent the processes good writers use.High School ELA Teacher
Writing for Authentic Audiences and Purposes
Projects and tasks that inspire writers.
Making the Most of Mentor Texts: Wide Reading for Developing Writers
Imitating and emulating master writers.
Fine Tuning Peer Response and Critique
Providing tools and growing capacity for productive reader response.
New Literacies and Pop Culture: Activating Student Voice
Tapping contemporary literacies as a way of increasing access.
Author’s Chair, Open Mic, Print, & Online Publishing
Rehearsals and performance options for presenting student work.
Grammar and Conventions in Context
Teaching the mechanics of writing at the point of relevance and need.