Author: Judith Hochman
Strategies for Improving Expository Writing and Analytical Thinking
Teaching Basic Writing Skills provides teachers with flexible, targeted strategies for the development of written language.
It presents research-based techniques to add clarity, structure, and precision to students' expository and narrative writing. The writing activities can be adapted for a wide range of abilities and has been successfully implemented in grades K-12 in every content area.
Teaching Basic Writing Skills is broken into two comprehensive sections that support students in generating high-quality sentences; precise, clear paragraphs; and powerful, compelling compositions.
Section1, Sentences: Uses activities such as scrambled sentences, sentence combining, and summarizing to increase students' understanding of sentence structure while developing their ability to compose complex sentences that reflect extended thinking. Practice in editing and revising are key to these activities.
Section 2, Paragraphs and Compositions: Teaches students to develop paragraphs by beginning with a topic sentence, then writing/organizing additional sentences to create a cohesive paragraph. Outlining, drafting, editing, and revising are important components of these lessons.
The program can be implemented in general classrooms as well as special education settings. Instruction can be adapted to varying difficulty levels in large classrooms, small groups, resource rooms, or tutorials.
Teaching Basic Writing Skills is also ideal for providing content-area educators with easy-to-implement writing activities that can be infused into science, social studies, math, and any other content area to increase the depth of thinking, support student content analysis, and to help students "own" new knowledge.