ERIC Number: ED297519
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
Reference Count: 0
[Teaching of Written Language Skills to Mildly Handicapped Students]. PRISE Reporter No. 18, October 1986.
Englert, Carol Sue; And Others
PRISE Reporter, n18 Oct 1986
This newsletter issue concentrates on the topic of teaching written language skills to mildly handicapped elementary and secondary students, with emphasis on the communicative function of writing. The feature article discusses expository writing instruction, describing essential elements of the expository writing process and characteristics of good writing programs, including establishment of a writing environment which allows sustained as well as frequent writing opportunities. "Think-sheet" instructional materials focus on specific organizational and thinking skills associated with each step in the writing process: planning, organizing, writing a first draft, editing, peer-editing, and revising. Teachers' responsibilities include modeling/verbalizing the steps of each skill to help students begin to internalize thinking strategies. Additional sections of the newsletter describe instructional materials and software resources useful in teaching writing skills to mildly handicapped students, a brief review of a published research study which examined elementary-level classroom writing practices, and a description of the contents of a videocassette, "A Natural Curriculum," which emphasizes the teaching of reading and writing as functional tools. (JW)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Courseware, Elementary Secondary Education, Expository Writing, Instructional Materials, Learning Strategies, Mild Disabilities, Peer Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Verbal Communication, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction, Writing Skills
PRISE Reporter, 200 Anderson Rd., King of Prussia, PA 19406.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Book/Product Reviews
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Special Education.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Resources and Information Center for Special Education (PRISE), King of Prussia, PA.