webPD | Pre-write in 2 steps with the ABC Chart

webPD | Pre-write in 2 steps with the ABC Chart

Pre-write in 2 steps with the ABC Chart Graphic organizers and outlines, when used alone, presume the student knows what he wants to say and where he wants to say it—at the same time. A more universal strategy to help students cultivate and organize ideas is the ABC...
webPD | Overcome “listy” writing with idea development

webPD | Overcome “listy” writing with idea development

Overcome “listy” writing with idea development Long writing does not necessarily equate to strong writing. As we encourage students to write more, add details, and make their pieces longer, we must distinguish between writing that is long and “listy” versus that which...
webPD | End writing units with a from-scratch product

webPD | End writing units with a from-scratch product

End writing units with a from-scratch product When preparing a writing unit, teachers consider the new skills to teach and assess. But the point of the unit is not to spend weeks crafting the final product. Instead, the bulk of the unit is spent teaching new skills...
webPD | Teach 4 details that imply a text’s main idea

webPD | Teach 4 details that imply a text’s main idea

Teach 4 details that imply a text’s main idea Determining the main idea (or central idea) of any text is the starting point of comprehension. If the reader can’t determine what a text is mostly about, then he can’t analyze it at a deeper level. However, many...