writing tips

2002, 2015

How Writing Is Like Playing Basketball

“Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast, or a bridge player.” (or a writer, or a reader) ~ Bill Gates

Writing is like playing basketball. Rebound- LOTS.
My friend, Helen Stanphill, who wrote for Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr. Magazine,was a guest author in one of […]

1302, 2015

What Everyone Should Know About Independent Writing

 

Part 6 of 6: Balanced Literacy

You can make anything by writing. ~ C.S. Lewis

Writing instruction is as vast as the ocean; there are many, many different books, lessons, and curriculum available to help chart the course. In this post, I will attempt to outline what independent writing looks like and why it needs to be […]

3101, 2015

3 Reasons To Write Aloud (Modeled Writing)

Part 5 of 6: Balanced Literacy

You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page.
You can’t edit a blank page.
Jodi Picoult

Writing aloud is synonymous with modeled writing. Modeled writing is an important component to balanced literacy.
Balanced Literacy involves the following:
Guided Reading
Reading Aloud
Self Selected Reading
Word Work
Modeled Writing- This post
Independent […]

811, 2014

5 Ways To Kill Your Child’s Motivation To Write

 

If I waited until I felt like writing, I’d never write at all. ~ Anne Tylor

I hear people say this frequently, “My child doesn’t like to write. How do I get them to write.” Well, the truth is that children love to write. What they hate is red ink all over their paper and no […]

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