Insights on Writing: A Core Skill
April 2014 issue of Educational Leadership examines the many ways to help students grow as writers. Articles in this issue look at some of the central skills involved in the complex act of writing—and how educators can get past students' too-common resistance to writing.
In her "Perspectives" column, Editor-in-Chief Marge Scherer notes the struggle teachers have between setting high expectations for students while also convincing them that writing can be a useful, a joy, and even an art. She asks,
"So how are teachers of all subjects going to meet the challenges of teaching students to be effective writers who don't hate to write? How are they going to prepare students to engage in all kinds of writing that they will need in the future—academic discourse, report writing, journalism, personal narrative, and even tweets? Today, social media of all kinds provide us outlets to share our personal ideas like never before. In the blogosphere, however, the highly structured five-paragraph essays rarely are those most clicked on. Come to think of it, which of your favorite books do you remember for their great sentence combinations? A new kind of literate writing is called for."
Articles in the issue include
- "Making the Most of Mentor Texts" by Kelly Gallagher
To learn to do something unfamiliar, stand next to someone who knows how.
- "Teaching Argument Writing to ELLs" by Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull-Sypnieski
Strategies for every level of language learner—from beginner to advanced.
- " Research Says / Teach Critical Thinking to Teach Writing" by Bryan Goodwin
Examining the link between thinking and writing.
- "One to Grow On / Commending Writing" by Carol Ann Tomlinson
How do we motivate kids to do what is inherently difficult?
- "Jump-Starting Stalled Writers with Storytelling" by Alexandra Keller and Sandie Grinnell
Kids see writing with new eyes when they receive letters from seniors.