Teaching Writing Skills: How Teaching Basic Writing Skills Works
Teaching Basic Writing Skills is a flexible, easy-to-use program for teaching writing skills. The program provides direct, explicit instruction in expository writing and narrative writing. The program is appropriate for grades K–12 in every content area, and its activities can be adjusted to varying difficulty levels and adapted for large classes, small groups, and tutorials.
The two primary goals of Teaching Basic Writing Skills are to raise the linguistic complexity of students’ sentences and to improve the organization of their compositions. Two sections address these goals directly:
Section 1, “Sentences,” uses activities such as sentence expansion, sentence combining, and summarizing to increase students’ understanding of sentence structure while developing their ability to compose complex sentences that reflect extended thinking. Practice in revising and editing is important to these exercises.
Section 2, “Paragraphs and Compositions,” teaches students to outline, draft, revise and edit a variety of expository forms. Students learn how to write cohesive, coherent, unified paragraphs and compositions.
Teaching Basic Writing Skills allows teachers to mix and match activities in both sections according to student needs. Every activity provides opportunities for individual differentiation.
Students who have been exposed to the strategies display improved reading comprehension, stronger organizational skills, better study habits, and overall higher achievement, to name just a few benefits. Add growth in students’ confidence that comes from an ability to translate well-formed thoughts into well communicated writing, and you have writers.
New Interactive Templates!
The accompanying CD includes interactive PDFs and interactive whiteboard files of the outlines and many of the other templates presented in the book. These files can be used to model instruction for the class and printed and distributed for individual student use.
School Set includes five copies of the book with the Interactive Template CD-ROM and the poster set (9 posters).