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National Scrabble Week

National Scrabble Week

What are the best techniques for children and adults to improve spelling? Reading naturally improves spelling, and is considered the best strategy because the words in a story are absorbed within its context as they are associated with the print on the pages. Perhaps a weekly game of Scrabble, or Scrabble…

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Integrate Writing In Social Studies

Integrate Writing in Social Studies

Writing in the social studies classroom is often misunderstood. You may think of writing in history as answering short answer questions or writing a research paper. Integrating writing during your social studies lessons should come naturally and used as a way to assess content knowledge. Here are a few suggestions…

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Summertime Writing

Summertime Writing

School is out and it’s time for some fun in the sun with friends and family! Wait, what about the dreaded “summer slide”? In academics, like sports, kids need to keep practicing their reading, math and especially their writing. This will help retain those skills learned throughout the school year…

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Making Writing Communicative

Students will focus on making their writing more communicative when they know the audience that they are writing for. Accordingly, children have an opportunity to share their writing with other students during the publishing stage of the writing process. Create a blog, so students can share their writing through the…

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Planning a Writing Lesson

 

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From a young age people learn to speak a language before they can write. Speaking skills are a more natural way of communication until written language has been explicitly taught. When preparing a writing lesson, consider the age group and prior knowledge with speaking and writing skills. Choose a topic your students are more likely to be intrigued by and provide the correct tools to allow creativity. Teaching writing is not just about spelling or grammar but understanding what is expected with different writing genres. The following steps can guide you to selecting a genre, collecting ideas, planning and writing.

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