Teaching how to write effectively is one of the most important life-long skills educators impart to their students. When teaching writing, educators must be sure to select resources and support materials that not only aid them in teaching how to write, but that will also be the most effective in helping their students learn to write.
Time4Writing.com offers educators a number of resources that assist in teaching writing. Teachers will find free writing resources on grading, writing conventions, and the use of graphic organizers. There are also valuable articles and activities on other related writing topics, like sentence writing, paragraph writing, and essay writing. The articles provide information and guidance, while the activities motivate students to practice their skills with printable worksheets, quizzes, video lessons, and interactive games. Students love learning and practicing skills using technology, which makes online courses a great way to keep them interested and motivated to learn to write.
When it comes to creative writing, students may face a lack of ideas or have so many that they can’t narrow them down. Creative writing prompts, such as odd situations, or suggestions of unusual characters often start the ideas flowing. It may take a push to get the imagination in gear, but once it’s activated, students and creative writing ideas both take off, and there’s no stopping them. ... Read More »
Graphic organizers can help students put their writing ideas in order. Graphic organizers are sets of charts, diagrams, and maps that offer ways to brainstorm for details about a topic and then arrange those details in logical order. Graphic organizers help students see how ideas relate to each other, helping suggest which information is important, or which details to concentrate on. Graphic organizers are great tools for arranging information in preparation for writing an essay. ... Read More »
Writing conventions such as spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar help make a student’s essay clear and understandable. When the audience can finish reading, without having to stop to try to figure out what was actually intended, the value of learning these writing conventions becomes clear. ... Read More »
Grading writing assignments is not as straightforward as grading math assignments. Yet grading rubrics for writing can be carefully designed, and each type of element (writing mechanics, idea development, word choice, etc) can be given an appropriate weight. If a teacher knows the breakdown and value of each element, students will know how they’re expected to write. Grading of writing assignments thus becomes much easier for the teacher. ... Read More »
Going through the full writing process—pre-writing, drafting, revising, rewriting and publishing—can be a lot of work, but it’s always worth the effort. Each stage of the writing process builds on the last, and each subsequent stage would be much harder if the previous one hadn’t been completed. When students read the essay in its final, polished form, it becomes clear that following the complete writing process produces the best essay. ... Read More »