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Writing Reinvented: Strategies for Teaching Composition

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Mar 15, 2013 9:31:00 AM

writing strategiesEven for the best writers, Joseph Conrad, for example, writing was difficult. In a letter to a friend, he wrote, “I sit down religiously every morning, I sit down for eight hours every day—and the sitting down is all.” Writing can be challenging…yes, even for geniuses like Conrad.

Despite its challenges, writing can be incredibly rewarding for both the student and teacher. In addition to this, we know that regardless of where the future takes your students, regardless of their interests, they will need to successfully articulate themselves, both verbally and in writing.

To complement the activities you may have planned for National Reading Month in March, we’ve put together a new guide called Writing Reinvented.

Inside you’ll find:

  • Two strategies for writing a thesis statement:

In the first, we use simple language to help your students understand exactly what a thesis statement is—and what it isn’t. We also answer common questions like, “Can my thesis include my opinion?” and provide a checklist of questions students can use to look at their work in a critical way. In the second part, we’ll break the process of writing a thesis statement down into eight easily digestible steps

  • Two strategies to help your students defeat writer’s block
  • An engaging way to teach grammar…without actually teaching grammar
  • “Flash Fiction”: An assignment that challenges students to write a story in six words

We hope that you and your students find our guide to be helpful!


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