Writing Skills Round Up

Writing Skills Round-Up

Writing Skills Round Up

 

Writing skills is such a big topic, there are so many ways to approach it, and unlike some other language arts topics, it can be taught in a variety of sequences.  Probably that’s why teachers spend a lot of time organizing and reorganizing their writing lesson plans.

 

Over the past several years, I’ve written a lot of blog posts about writing skills, too.  So I thought I would do a little more organizing myself and present a round-up of posts about writing instruction and writing skills.

 

I’ve divided the posts onto three groups:  Types of Writing, Editing and Proofreading, and Additional Writing Activities.  Types of Writing includes posts about specific kinds of writing assignments, such as narrative writing, as well as a post with links to free writing prompts.  Revising and Proofreading includes posts about lessons in grammar, capitalization and punctuation, and other specifics that kids need to look for as they proofread, as well as posts specifically about the revising step of the writing process.  And the Additional Writing Activities include posts about lessons that don’t fit neatly into one category such as narrative, informative, or opinion writing.

 

TYPES OF WRITING

 

Middle graders so love working together with their classmates that what could be better than a group activity when it’s time to tackle the skill of narrative writing?  Read about it in Writing a Group Narrative.

Writing a Group Narrative

 

Two Points of View Writing Activity, a blog post which includes links to free activity sheets, presents a lesson idea that incorporates both opinion writing and media literacy as kids both recognize particular points of view and then try writing about the same topic but from a different point of view.

Two Points of View Writing Activity

 

Four Free Collections of Writing Prompts is just that, prompts in four categories – narrative, informative/explanatory, opinion/argument, and prompts based on quotes – that you are welcome to use.  Lots of prompts!

Four Free Collections of Writing Prompts

 

 

REVISING AND PROOFREADING

 

Teaching Capitalization and Punctuation with Task Cards  is a post which discusses capitalization and punctuation situations that are especially good to work on with middle graders, an important consideration since, by upper elementary or middle school, kids have covered, if not mastered, lots of capitalization and punctuation rules, but of course there are also many more that they still need to work on.

Teaching Capitalization and Punctuation with Task Cards

 

Teaching Proofreading with Task Cards goes into additional areas  that kids should learn to look for as they work their way through the steps of the writing process – areas such as spelling errors, run-on sentences, and various grammatical situations that can easily trip up young writers.

Teaching Proofreading with Task Cards

 

Subject-Verb Agreement Difficulties discusses a grammar topic that is often taught on its own, but as with other grammar skills, of course the point is for kids to eventually incorporate these skills into their own writing and proofreading.

Subject-Verb Agreement Difficulties?

 

Proofreading Chart is just what it sounds like – a free proofreading chart for you to download.  Post it on your classroom wall or give students individual copies for their notebooks.

Free Proofreading Chart

 

If you’re ready for some proofreading practice resources, check out the ideas in Proofreading – Improving Their Skills.  You’ll see task cards for proofreading and revising, plus sentence revising activity sheets.

Proofreading - Improving Their Skills

 

Are you looking for teaching ideas specifically for revising, rather than proofreading? Revising activities can definitely be harder to find.  Revising – Making It Work in the Middle Grades has ideas for working on specific revising skills.

revising - Make It Work in the Middle Grades

 

Here’s More in Revising – Teaching Kids to Revise Their Writing.

Teaching Kids to Revise Their Writing

 

MORE WRITING ACTIVITIES

 

Invent a Character, Invent a Setting presents ideas for combining the teaching of the reading skills of characterization and setting with a narrative writing lesson that also focuses on characterization and setting for a fun activity.

Invent a Character, Invent a Setting

 

Descriptive Text Structure and Revising is another post with ideas for combining reading and writing lessons  – in this case, the descriptive text structure and descriptive writing.   The post includes ideas for fun, quick activities to introduce your lessons.

Descriptive Text Structure and Revising

 

Poems for Kids to Write suggests ideas for using kids’ poetry writing to  teach or  reinforce a variety of language arts skills.  Suggestions include fun activities and resources such as slide presentations and  sets of task cards.

Poems for Kids to Write

 

 

Writing Skills Round Up


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