Essential Lessons to Accelerate Student Writing
PRIORITIZE THE “INFO”
Target essential skills
Plan informative-writing experiences.
Tie the three major writing standards to author purposes.
Focus on the “trump” traits.
Purchase additional informative-writing resources.
Identify areas of expertise
Write about familiar texts.
Write about familiar topics.
Teach grocery-list pre-writing.
Clarify listy v. developed
Define the goal.
Depict “developed” visually.
ANCHOR CHART | Each idea is a deflated balloon that needs to have additional sentences “pumped” into it.
Develop any idea with universal details
This same concept can be taught at any grade level—just use different anchor papers.
View 9th grade mini-lesson on developing paragraphs.
After revealing the before and after “Spring Break” examples, guide students to try adding legs to undeveloped ideas. Provide small groups or pairs one of these three possible examples.
Demonstrate elaboration with color.
View second grade mini-lesson on developing ideas with Sticky Dots.
Introduce types of details
Tell more with sensory details and description.
Push older writers to go beyond simply listing the five senses.
Teach younger writers to develop ideas by adding information to their pictures, labels, and lists.
Tell more with expert quotes.
Lifting information, and especially expert quotes, requires explicit instruction.
Tell more with definition details.
Whenever including a specific term or vocabulary word, insert an explanation or synonym for the reader.
Tell more with action verbs.
List and incorporate action verbs that are associated with content-area topics.