So I have to be careful when I say things like "use 3 supporting details" because I risk they will see that as just another hoop, instead of a guideline to prevent rambly writing, or dimly supported topic sentences.
I read over 100 postings on several teacher forums this week, about teaching writing. The gist of the discussions was:
- Kids need a lot of variety of forms to practice writing
- It takes an inordinate amount of time and organization to teach writing
- The good teachers read papers and journals all night and all weekend
Microscopic assignments, a sentence a day, a comic a day, a line of a song. Tiny pieces of writing to keep that part of the brain alive. Word Games. Written notes to said parents or guardians convincing them to let them go ________ or do __________. I know a parent who is currently holding her ground on letting her 12-year old son get a cell phone, UNLESS he writes a persuasive letter that convinces her otherwise. I saw his first attempt and it was meek and unconvincing. "Take 2". He is attempting a second draft.
A healthy hoop to jump through.
Healthy Thanksgiving Wishes,