Best of Blogs: Writing Strategies
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Good writing skills are important, even (or maybe especially) in the age of technology. This week we have pulled writing tips and strategies that include ways to incorporate technology — such as blogs and interactive whiteboards — as well as ways to keep writing assignments relevant, to showcase and celebrate developing writers' achievements, and more.
May 7, 2012
Kid-appropriate social media are great for engaging students in writing, and one of the most engaging forms of social media is the blog. Learn how to use the power of blogging in your classroom to generate a love for writing in your students.
May 19, 2011
Create excitement and glamor around writing assignments with an “Author’s Chair” where students read from books they completed in earlier writing assignments. And if your school does not hold an Author’s Fair, consider creating one in your own classroom.
May 3, 2011
Make writing relevant by appealing to your students’ passion for a movie or video they’ve seen. Teach persuasive writing by challenging students to first screen a movie and then write a review that will compel fellow students to either see the movie, or not.
August 31, 2010
Don’t think of your interactive whiteboard as a glorified projector — interact with it! And more important, have your students interact with it. Learn great strategies for putting your interactive whiteboard front and center in your writing workshops.
May 5, 2010
In eight well-defined steps, learn how to produce a poetry café in your classroom to showcase student work in the genre. From preparation through performance, Beth guides you through the process that will result in a night parents and poets will long remember.
April 22, 2010
Teaching word choice to young students yields some unexpected rewards. Here are lesson ideas and activities to take your young Yeats and budding Brontës from similes and metaphors through onomatopoeia and alliteration.
October 8, 2009
Write, revise, edit, and proofread — the process of writing can easily intimidate a classroom of kids who find it hard enough to get past “I can’t think of anything to write about!” Here is a lesson plan to take your students from prewriting to publishing.
September 14, 2009
The challenges of teaching writing to students who are English language learners are numerous and, fortunately, so are the tips and tools to help. Take it from a teacher who has been there, done that, and developed writing assignment templates for the taking.