Motivate Writers with Authentic AudiencesAs societal shifts have increased the demand for writing skills, and the Common Core Standards have returned writing back to its equal place as an important partner to reading, increasing the amount of writing our students are doing has become a renewed focus in our schools. And it should be. College and career readiness favors those that can write well.
But as the Common Core raises the level of expectation across grade levels and content areas, we need to be careful that students don’t become compliant workers in an essay factory with rubric ready teachers supervising the assembly line....
Teaching Revision – Where do I begin?In order to address this question, let’s start with some of my beliefs about writing:
- Writing is struggle
- Writing is a craft that can be learned
- And real writing happens in revision
These beliefs mean that as teachers we must explicitly teach the revision moves that our students so desperately need, but we also need to understand that we serve our students more effectively when we model the authentic struggle of writing....