The following is a snippet from a workshop I offered today at the Calgary City Teachers Conference.
Writing Rules: Tips for Teaching
Play with words
Follow a pattern
Fracture a fairy tale
Cook up a poem
Use visuals & ask "What if" questions"
Mix up the point of view
Make a list
Play the lying game
Web an idea
•Good writers are readers, so give ‘em plenty, including read-alouds in various genera.
•Don’t just teach it, model it. If it’s not important to you, why should it be to kids?
•Take advantage of opportunities to incorporated writing into other curriculum areas!
•Writing comes in many forms, including comics, jokes, scripts, and yes… email & text messaging.
•Writing is a skill set that we all need; ultimately writing is about communicating.