An Equitable (and Engaging) Way to Teach Writing in Elementary School
Elementary school students need to be taught how to write well, both for their own personal growth and for their academic success. However, many teachers feel that writing instruction is often left to the last minute and that there is no specific and equitable way to teach it.
One way to address this problem is using writing prompts as a way to engage students. These prompts can be simple questions or statements that require students to generate ideas or write about a specific topic. By having them write about these prompts at various points throughout the year, teachers can help students improve their writing skills and build their confidence.
Furthermore, teachers can also create projects that require students to write about specific topics or develop essays. This type of engagement will help students learn how to critique their own work as well as how to structure an article or essay.
By using prompts and projects, elementary school teachers can help students develop writing skills in an engaging and equitable way.
Writing instruction in elementary schools needs to be more equitable and engaging for all students; not just those who have traditionally been successful in writing. Here are five ways to achieve this:
- Have a clear goal for writing instruction.
- Make writing instruction relevant to the student’s interests.
- Encourage students to use their imaginations.
- Make writing instruction interactive and engaging.
- Provide feedback that is both positive and corrective.