AFT - American Federation of Teachers
Tips to Support Student Writing
Writing is more successful when students:
- are allowed to select a topic of high interest to them;
- identify something to say about that topic that commits them to a direction, a stand, an opinion worth sharing that can help someone else understand why the topic is important and interesting;
- discuss and find resources for learning more about the topic and that help support their opinions;
- plan a timeline;
- write a rough draft;
- edit and rewrite; and
- produce a final draft and share it.
The National Writing Project (www.nwp.org) recommends the following tips for engaging students in the writing process.
- Use the shared events of students’ lives to inspire writing.
- Use writing to improve relations among students.
- Ease into writing workshops by presenting yourself as a model.
- Use casual talk about students’ lives to generate writing.
- Give students a chance to write to an audience for real purpose.
- Practice and play with revision techniques.
- Encourage descriptive writing by focusing on the sounds of words.
- Require written response to peers’ writing.
- Challenge students to find active verbs.
- Ground writing in social issues important to students.
- Use real world examples to reinforce writing conventions.
- Introduce multi-genre writing in the context of community service.