The Write Way
The responsibility for writing instruction shouldn’t all fall on the shoulders of English teachers. Writing can be done, taught, and improved in any subject area! Studies have shown that writing in any content deepens students’ comprehension and confidence in the subject.
Here is a suggested timeline of ideas on how to use writing throughout the year in all different content areas. Take them and make them your own to meet the needs of your students. These suggestions are by no means exhaustive, but hopefully enough to give you somewhere to start.
September - use writing to get to know
Writing isn’t always given the time and attention it deserves. We know that your schedule may not have much wiggle room, especially in these odd days of the pandemic and blended learning models of schooling. However, we do hope that you will be able to squeeze in writing instruction when you can. To help you do that, here are some suggestions* for how and when to include writing in your lesson.
September - use it to get to know your students and figure out what their writing needs are.
- Prompts: Create a prompt asking your students to introduce themselves, highlighting their favorite
Same school. Same grade. Same classroom. Same curriculum. And yet, everything seems to be different. You may have your students physically in your classroom, but you’re all (supposed to be) wearing masks (we know how kids are). You may be in your living room, home office, or even an empty classroom where you see your students on your computer screen. You may be doing some combination of the two. Whatever it is, wherever you are, we know it’s nothing like the start you had last year. Just remember though, if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
2020 has certainly proven to be
It’s in the news.
It’s on our minds.
It’s all over social media.
It’s changed our lives.
As we go back to school in whatever format our leaders have decided, we have a unique opportunity to listen to our students, the generation most impacted in every facet of their lives by the current events. Encourage them to talk about what’s going on in the world and how it’s affecting them.
Our students have been missing a vital part of what school offers: socialization. This isolation has been powerful in some areas of the country and can have harsh effects on students
Summer is quickly coming to an end and you are undoubtedly thinking about the upcoming school year. Whether you’ll be teaching online or in person, you may be dealing with new standards in your state. Florida and Colorado are two states that are revamping their standards for student learning. Fear not! MI Write works with any standards.
No matter what your new standards are, MI Write covers them all. Most states require students in each grade to practice writing in each of the three genres (narrative, explanatory/informational, and argumentative/opinion) with standards that emphasize the
We’ve done some digging into the education industry and found a variety of frequently asked questions about writing instruction specifically. Our goal here is to shed some light on these questions and give you more confidence in teaching writing.
- How can I support student writing?
- The first step in supporting your students in their writing is to find out where they are. What are their existing skills and what do they need? From there, build lessons and activities that support the needs of your students and further challenge their skills.
- What do I do with struggling