Are your writing assignments usually met with a collective groan? Students hate writing because writing is HARD. Multi page essays appear so cumbersome to reluctant writers that many shut down before they even pick up a pencil. This is why chunking and scaffolding are mission critical when it comes to writing instruction.
Ideas for Teaching How to Write a Paragraph - The Owl Teacher
We are all trying very, very hard to get our children to write long stories and essays. From school teachers to parents, everyone is in on this scheme. But children are almost never in the mood to write more than a few lines. Let me tell you why paragraph writing is just as incredible as writing multiple pages, if not more.
Teaching writing though is not always easy. What seems so intuitive to us, does not always seem natural to our students. The answer is, yes! What I like about this method is that it teaches paragraph writing as if it were a recipe…First, you add this kind of sentence, then you do that… While at first glance, we may think true writing is not based on a recipe, but I think it provides an awesome start. Think about a child learning to read… we start with letters and sounds, not novels, right?
Perhaps you stumbled on this post after reading my prior post about choosing a research topic. Honestly, getting students started with their essay is the hardest part. Because I have a compulsion to reflect on and analyze my lessons and units, I am always trying to come up with no-fear, sensible ways to help students approach writing. I always begin teaching students how to write an introduction paragraph by asking students to define their view. We begin by discussing how we would write thesis statements for debates that students would understand without much research.