#054: How to Teach Writing in Elementary and Middle Grades

“Writing is hard, even for published writers. And writing with your students... can be just as difficult." 


“I don’t know what to write!”

It’s a common refrain throughout classrooms, no matter what grade you teach. Three plus three is always six, but writing, well, writing is different every time. Most students want to write something once, get their grades, and be done.

Today's episode is all about the writing process. Lisa chats with writer and teacher Loretta Oakes as they peel back the many layers of writing and what teachers can do to make writing easier and more fun. After taking a screenplay class, Loretta branched out into articles and children’s books, editing friends’ works as she went. Loretta joins us to give her best ideas for coaching students into being better writers.

Listen in. 

In this episode, find out: 
  • The three different processes for writing and why “layering” is so important
  • How to get students started with writing sentences (better sentences leads to better paragraphs)
  • Games and strategies for making writing fun
  • Why you should give students many examples of writing, especially if it’s your own bad writing!
  • Why you may want to give the bulk of your rubric points to the first draft/revising pieces rather than the final version

You can do this!

Teach joyfully,

You can listen to this episode HERE
Here's some resources to help you get started: 
Links to other episodes you might like:

#011: Instilling a Love of Reading in Kids and Families with Michelle Dunham

#034: 11 Ways to Use Mentor Texts to Teach Reading and Writing

#037: Teaching "How To" Writing with Shared Experiences and Pictures

#044: Simple Ways to Improve Your Students' Writing


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