An Easy Way to Differentiate Writing Instruction.
In an increasingly time-sensitive learning environment, finding time to differentiate instruction for students can be difficult for teachers. Particularly in regard to writing instruction, early learners’ abilities vary dramatically, making differentiation an essential goal for teachers everywhere.
According to the 2011 Nation’s Report Card™ there is a fortunate increase in time being spent on language arts instruction in classrooms across the country. However, most teachers crave simple, effective strategies to improve writing proficiency scores in their states. The Four Square Writing Method by Judith Gould and Evan Jay Gould (Gould, 1999) is an easy way to differentiate writing instruction. We’ll show you how!
Join Marygrove College’s Master in the Art of Teaching (MAT) Academic Director, Dr. Diane S. Brown and Department of Education Assistant Professor Dr. Mary Ann Dalton, CSJ as they discuss this research-tested strategy… that gets results.
Marygrove MAT Academic Director Dr. Diane Brown takes you through the Four Square Writing Method process and answers your questions about differentiated writing instruction.
- How Four Square can address students who may differ in abilities by as much as three to five years!
- Why it’s important to motivate students to organize their thoughts quickly and easily, for writing coherence.
You’ll see how this method
- Encourages a love for writing
- Applies to narrative, descriptive, expository and persuasive forms of writing
Dr. Diane Brown has been the Academic Director for Marygrove College’s Master in the Art of Teaching Program for the last four years, and has 21 years of experience in the trenches as a K-12 teacher in both public and private schools. Her teaching assignments have taken her all over the Southwest, from a Navajo reservation in Arizona to a group of non-speaking 10th grade Russian students in Oklahoma.
Marygrove’s Visiting Assistant Professor of Education, Dr. Mary Anne Dalton, CSJ describes how this valuable teaching technique can be adapted for age, ability, subject and writing style. She’ll help you understand why teachers have an obligation to differentiate students in this increasingly test-centric environment.
- How to use graphic organizers for effective writing instruction
- How to use this strategy across curriculum and grade level
- How this method reinforces relationships between ideas in a text.
Sister Mary Anne Dalton is Assistant Professor for Marygrove College’s Department of Education, with a career that spans nearly 50 years in education. She taught high school English, Speech and Drama for 12 years, and still loves learning and teaching.