I am having so much fun with this series of posts about opinion writing! It’s been a real stretch for me as a blogger to publish so many posts in such a short amount of time, but I’m glad I did it. One of my goals in 2016 is to say “yes” to challenges and experiences that I might have turned down in the past. When the idea of publishing 20 posts in a month about opinion writing crossed my mind, I almost dismissed it as soon as it popped in my head, but then…I remembered my goal of saying yes and here I am writing my tenth post! 🙂
Strategies for Writing
As I wrote about earlier this week, on Day 2 of our writing week I like to spend some time on a writer’s craft mini-lesson. This is my chance to improve my students’ writing skills, and it is a favorite of mine to teach. I really enjoy writing, and improving my skills. These writer’s craft mini-lessons are right up my alley! Over the years as a teacher, I’ve noticed that telling and even modeling how writer’s craft their words to achieve a specific effect isn’t (usually) enough. But how to help students make the leap from being learners into real writers? Strategies are the answer.
A Step-by-Step Approach to Writing
When I teach students a writer’s craft mini-lesson, I always include a step-by-step strategy for how to do that same writing move on their own. Sure, some might argue that writing is an art and by offering students a strategy I’m reducing writing to a formulaic approach. That might be a fair statement, but students need a starting point and these strategies provide it. After a while, when they gain skill and proficiency using the strategy, they are able to shift away from the “formula” and are able to more truly craft their writing.
Other On-the-Wall Resources
I’ve already written about the beginnings and conclusions anchor charts posted in my classroom, but there are many more! Figurative language posters are featured as are a variety of transition words and phrases students can use in their writing.
So that’s it for this week’s posts about how I structure Day 2 of our Writing Workshop. I’m hoping the weather this weekend will be a hint of spring and I can go for a run on our local trail. If not…shrug, there’s always shopping! Happy teaching! ~ Sally