Writing Better: Effective Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning Difficulties
Whether they have learning disabilities or just need extra help, struggling writers can improve their skills dramatically if they get the detailed, explicit instruction they need. This practical guidebook shows elementary school teachers how to make this systematic instruction part of their classroom. Educators will find a wide range of specific strategies that includeactivities for every phase of the writing process, from brainstorming and goal-setting to revisingproof of effectiveness with students who have learning disabilities (field-testing data included)guidelines on how to teach the strategies and use them across gradeseasy-to-learn formats for students, such as mnemonic devices and short step-by-step action plansexercises specially tailored for different types of writing, including stories, explanations, persuasive essays, reports, and comparisonseverything teachers need — no additional materials necessary Photocopiable student worksheets give teachers ready-to-use writing activities, and before-and-after examples of student writing demonstrate how the strategies work. With these practical, scientifically validated ideas and exercises, teachers will help struggling students develop a toolbox of skills to improve their classwork and change the way they feel about writing.