Writing Processes and Strategies

Writing involves doing multiple things at once. Forming letters, spelling, choosing words, and generating ideas are all happening at once during writing. Students must learn to do a few of these skills at first, and then build on them in order to be proficient writers doing everything at the same time (Balanced Literacy Diet).
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Ch. 9 of this book provides detailed and comprehension research supported information about writing. This is a must read to better educator's understanding of how children learn to write, and how writing processes work and how to instruct and improve writing strategies for students.

UNDERSTANDING: CTW outlines that students should gain fluency skills by re-reading the same sentences enough times with expression and good pacing. This type of repetitive practice will increase fluency.

Writer's Workshop!  This is a great classroom activity that allows teachers to instruct multiple writing strategies in the classroom. It is very important to have a dedicated time for students to practice writing and the Balanced Literacy Diet is a great resource to help teacher's become more comfortable implementing writer's workshop in their classrooms!

Writer's Workshop! This is a great classroom activity that allows teachers to instruct multiple writing strategies in the classroom. It is very important to have a dedicated time for students to practice writing and the Balanced Literacy Diet is a great resource to help teacher's become more comfortable implementing writer's workshop in their classrooms!

Success Criteria: co-create as a class: This activity can be done in any grade, for any subject. It is great to have students practice different forms of writing and to come up with clear success criteria for that writing. This example shows the criteria for successful advertisements that incorporates what the students have learned about persuasive writing. Excellent writing activity from the Balanced Literacy Diet!

Success Criteria: co-create as a class: This activity can be done in any grade, for any subject. It is great to have students practice different forms of writing and to come up with clear success criteria for that writing. This example shows the criteria for successful advertisements that incorporates what the students have learned about persuasive writing. Excellent writing activity from the Balanced Literacy Diet!

RAFT Strategy  This helps students understand authors and themselves as writers. They must know the Role of the writer, Audience, Format and Topic for writing. This is a good resource from reading rockets as it explains the RAFT strategy well and describes how to help students become more confident and creative writers!

RAFT Strategy This helps students understand authors and themselves as writers. They must know the Role of the writer, Audience, Format and Topic for writing. This is a good resource from reading rockets as it explains the RAFT strategy well and describes how to help students become more confident and creative writers!

The Amazing Authors Activity!  This is a fun activity from the Balanced Literacy Diet. It motivates students and allows them to pick and choose different aspects of stories to write about each month. Students learn about amazing authors, and become amazing authors themselves! Great activity BLD!

The Amazing Authors Activity! This is a fun activity from the Balanced Literacy Diet. It motivates students and allows them to pick and choose different aspects of stories to write about each month. Students learn about amazing authors, and become amazing authors themselves! Great activity BLD!

Paragraph Hamburger: Assessment  This is a great assessment tool for writing, especially because the paragraph hamburger is a great visual. This helps students to understand the clear expectations for paragraph writing, and they are able to self assess as they go, and keep track while using the hamburger visual. Thanks reading rockets for another amazing resource!

Paragraph Hamburger: Assessment This is a great assessment tool for writing, especially because the paragraph hamburger is a great visual. This helps students to understand the clear expectations for paragraph writing, and they are able to self assess as they go, and keep track while using the hamburger visual. Thanks reading rockets for another amazing resource!

Reading rockets has a ton of information on writing! This page provides teachers with information about all aspects of writing strategies. There are great video resources here as well!

Reading rockets has a ton of information on writing! This page provides teachers with information about all aspects of writing strategies. There are great video resources here as well!

Write Alouds Activity!  This is a neat strategy from Read, Write, Think where students learn to write aloud. In this activity the teacher models verbalizing as they write, so that students can see all of the thinking that is happening as one writes. This is a unique and excellent strategy, especially for those who often struggle to get started with writing.

This strategy guide explains how to use write-aloud (also known as modeled writing) to teach effective writing strategies and improve students’ independent writing ability.

This page from the Balanced Literacy Diet is a great overview of the important aspects involved with writing processes and strategies. Here there is a clear and concise description of writing processes and strategies and ideas for how teachers can improve writing with their students. This is essential information to improve educators understanding of writing.

This page from the Balanced Literacy Diet is a great overview of the important aspects involved with writing processes and strategies. Here there is a clear and concise description of writing processes and strategies and ideas for how teachers can improve writing with their students. This is essential information to improve educators understanding of writing.

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