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ERIC Number: ED491804
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 528
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-1-5576-6673-3
The Writing Lab Approach to Language Instruction and Intervention
Wolf Nelson, Nickola; Bahr, Christine; Van Meter, Adelia; Kinnucan-Welsch, Kathryn
Brookes Publishing Company
This guidebook gives educators an exciting new approach to improving language and writing skills for all students. Developed through a decade of work with elementary and middle school children, the Writing Lab Approach uses computer-supported activities to encourage student progress in each stage of the writing process, from organizing to editing. The book focuses on three key components--writing process instruction, computer supports, and inclusive practices--and gives readers a primer on how children develop proficiency with language, a complete guide to setting up a writing lab, a discussion of software features and programs, instructions on using scaffolding to respond to individual needs, and an assessment tool the authors developed to analyze student writing samples. This book is an essential tool for helping all children, including English language learners and students with learning disabilities, become skillful writers and communicators. This book contains the following sections and chapters: Section I: Using the Writing Lab Approach to Provide Instruction, with: (1) Overview of the Writing Lab Approach; (2) Language Targets; (3) Students with Language-Learning Needs; (4) Designing Instruction; (5) Scaffolding, Self-Regulation, and Author Profiles; and (6) Scaffolding Writing Processes and Language Targets. Section II: Using Software Features to Support the Writing Process, with: (7) Software Features that Support Planning and Organizing; (8) Software Features that Support Drafting; (9) Software Features that Support Revising and Editing; (10) Software Features that Support Publishing; (11) Specialized Access and Keyboarding; and (12) Software Selection Processes. Section III: Using Collaborative Teams to Implement Inclusive, Individualized Services, with: (13) Supporting Inclusion Through Collaboration; (14) Identifying Needs Through Formal and Informal Assessment; (15) Written Language Sample Analysis; (16) Using Goals, Objectives, and Benchmarks to Guide Instruction and Measure Change; and (17) Evidence of Change. The following is appended: (1) Writing Assessment Forms. An index is included.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A