Writing skills are an important part of communication. They are critical to academic success and go on to become crucial in the workplace and other areas of life.
While some people are born with a natural ability to express themselves verbally, writing is a skill that must be learned. You see, good writers aren’t born; they are made.
So, how do you “make” a good writer?
You must give students the tools (knowledge & skills) they need to effectively communicate their thoughts and feelings on paper. The required toolset is derived from the English Language Arts (ELA) standards set by each state for each grade level. Shurley English teaches this required rhetoric and more. (See Scope & Sequence)
Particular care must be given to the way students receive these instructional tools. They must be presented in a logical, sequential, and repetitious way so that students will make the connections between vocabulary, grammar, composition, and writing for all purposes.
The traits of writing should be heavily emphasized as well as the steps of writing process. Luckily, Shurley English curriculum has a built-in strategy to teach these concepts with just the right amount of emphasis.
Practice is also a key component. As the teacher, you must be adamant about providing writing opportunities for students to practice what they’ve learned.
Apply this equation as you teach ELA components of writing:
Knowledge + Skill x Practice = Competence & Confidence
Remember that making a good writer takes time and persistence. The results will be tremendous and long-lasting.