You are in luck. First, I think writing is a struggle for most students in middle school. I do descriptive writing; however, most of my writing is nonfiction. September 28, I am posting a blog about motivating students to engage in the revising and editing processes. This Friday, I am meeting with the special education specialist, so she can help me with diversifying writing instruction to meet all students' needs. Yippee! Motivation is at the top of the list. For now, I find publishing to the web motivates students. Using R.A.F.T.S. also motivates students. If you google it, you'll get a plethora of ideas for R.A.F.T.S. I'd be glad to share what I learn after meeting with the special education specialist. Check out my personal web site. I post all my writing activities there: http://www.lacs-ny.org/webpages/MBlow/. You are welcome to borrow anything...just give me credit. My new favorite book is by Laura Robb, Teaching Nonfiction Writing. I think every Middle School English teacher should own this book. ~ Mary
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