How To Improve Student Writing covers three essential strategies that can be used in the English and Literacy classroom to improve student writing:
1) Teach vocabulary: Importantly this chapter is not only filled with great activities for building students’ vocabulary, but it contains activities for showing students how they can create clusters of interesting words in their sentences.
2) Improve sentence structure: No matter how good the structure of a piece is – good writing relies on good sentences. This chapter shows teachers how to help students develop the variety and sophistication of their sentence structures.
3) Set manageable writing tasks that allow for crafting: Good writing should be read, re-read, revised and crafted – but that’s impossible if teachers have no time and students have no motivation to rewrite a first draft. This chapter shows how we can set students manageable writing tasks that allow for active revision and crafting.