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ERIC Number: ED498296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 38
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
30 Ideas for Teaching Writing
Peterson, Art, Comp.
National Writing Project (NJ3)
The National Writing Project's (NWP) "30 Ideas for Teaching Writing" discusses making grammar lessons dynamic, using casual student conversation as a source for writing, home language as an assisting tool to attain standard English and other topics by presenting strategies contributed by experienced writing project teachers. NWP does not promote a single approach to teaching writing, allowing readers to benefit from a variety of eclectic, classroom-tested techniques. These ideas originated as full-length articles in NWP publications; a reference to the full article accompanies each highlight. Topics and associated authors include: (1) Use the shared events of students' lives to inspire writing (Debbie Rotkow); (2) Establish an email dialogue between students from different schools who are reading the same book (Karen Murar and Elaine Ware); (3) Use writing to improve relations among students (Diane Waff); (4) Help student writers draw rich chunks of writing from endless sprawl (Jan Matsuoka); (5) Work with words relevant to students' lives to help them build vocabulary (Eileen Simmons); (6) Help students analyze text by asking them to imagine dialogue between authors (John Levine); (7) Spotlight language and use group brainstorming to help students create poetry (Michelle Fleer); (8) Ask students to reflect on and write about their writing (Douglas James Joyce); (9) Ease into writing workshops by presenting yourself as a model (Glorianne Bradshaw); (10) Get students to focus on their writing by holding off on grading (Stephanie Wilder); (11) Use casual talk about students' lives to generate writing (Erin (Pirnot) Ciccone); (12) Give students a chance to write to an audience for real purpose (Patricia A. Slagle); (13) Practice and play with revision techniques (Mark Farrington); (14) Pair students with adult reading/writing buddies (Bernadette Lambert); (15) Teach "tension" to move students beyond fluency (Suzanne Linebarger); (16) Encourage descriptive writing by focusing on the sounds of words (Ray Skjelbred); (17) Require written response to peers' writing (Kathleen O'Shaughnessy); (18) Make writing reflection tangible (Anna Collins Trest); (19) Make grammar instruction dynamic (Philip Ireland); (20) Ask students to experiment with sentence length (Kim Stafford); (21) Help students ask questions about their writing (Joni Chancer); (22) Challenge students to find active verbs (Nancy Lilly); (23) Require students to make a persuasive written argument in support of a final grade (Sarah Lorenz); (24) Ground writing in social issues important to students (Jean Hicks and Tim Johnson); (25) Encourage the "framing device" as an aid to cohesion in writing (Romana Hillebrand); (26) Use real world examples to reinforce writing conventions (Suzanne Cherry); (27) Think like a football coach (Dan Holt); (28) Allow classroom writing to take a page from yearbook writing (Jon Appleby); (29) Use home language on the road to Standard English (Eileen Kennedy); and (30) Introduce multi-genre writing in the context of community service (Jim Wilcox). [This text was reprinted in 2004.]
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Writing Project, Berkeley, CA.