This is a great post and you really have some fabulous tips here to get students motivated to write.
I think very often that students have problems organising their thoughts making the task of writing overwhelming for many - indeed I remember as a student my thoughts making sense in my head and never quite living up to my expectation on the page. Take a look at this free powerpoint resource called "Saving Reluctant Writers". I think you will find it incredibly useful in giving kids a structure into which to write. http://www.modellearning.com/ideas/ideas-powerpoints.aspx
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