Writing Better: Effective Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning Difficulties

Authors: Steve Graham, Karen R. Harris

Format: Paperback, 192 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781557667045
Price: $32.95

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Whether they have learning disabilities or just need extra help, struggling writers can improve their skills dramatically if they get the detailed, explicit instruction they need. This practical guidebook shows elementary school teachers how to make this systematic instruction part of their classroom. Educators will find a wide range of specific strategies that include
  • activities for every phase of the writing process, from brainstorming and goal-setting to revising
  • proof of effectiveness with students who have learning disabilities (field-testing data included)
  • guidelines on how to teach the strategies and use them across grades
  • easy-to-learn formats for students, such as mnemonic devices and short step-by-step action plans
  • exercises specially tailored for different types of writing, including stories, explanations, persuasive essays, reports, and comparisons
  • everything teachers need—no additional materials necessary
Photocopiable student worksheets give teachers ready-to-use writing activities, and before-and-after examples of student writing demonstrate how the strategies work. With these practical, scientifically validated ideas and exercises, teachers will help struggling students develop a toolbox of skills to improve their classwork and change the way they feel about writing.

Table of Contents

Section I. Introduction: The Power of Writing
  1. Writing Uphill: Why Strategy Instruction Is Important
  2. Writing Is a Dog's Life: A Guide to Writing Difficulties
Section II. Strategies for Teaching Planning, Writing, and Revising
  1. How to Teach Writing Strategies
Section III. Writing Strategies that Can Be Applied Broadly
  1. PLEASE: A Paragraph-Writing Strategy
  2. PLANS: A Goal-Setting Strategy
  3. STOP and LIST: Goal Setting, Brainstorming, and Organizing
  4. The Peer Revising Strategy
  5. The CDO Revising Strategy
  6. Summarizing Written Text
Section IV. Writing Strategies That Are Genre Specific
  1. Story Writing
  2. Persuasive Writing
  3. Writing Explanations
  4. Writing a Comparison/Contrast Paper
  5. Report Writing
Section V. Strategies for Self-Regulating and the Writing Process
  1. Self-Monitoring
  2. Goal Setting
Section VI. Making It Work
  1. Guidelines for Implementing Writing Strategy Instruction
Appendix: Sources for Quotes and Anecdotes

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