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Structured writing for older students
For some time now, I have been working on a structured writing programme for older students. It has two principal strands:
1. How sentences work, from simple to most complex.
2. How paragraphs work, and how they link together in a logical way to produce a cohesive, easy to follow argument or explanation.
The paragraph component will be based on the books. Students need something to write about, content that is quickly and easily accessible. Because the books are decodable with a limited word list, they offer ample scope for vocabulary development. Students will be asked to take the information in the book, and write from a different perspective. The assignments extend comprehension, build critical thinking skills, and develop writing competence.
A template has been created for every writing assignment, guiding students through the process. A list of appropriate vocabulary has been produced for every paragraph.
The whole covers multiple ‘purpose of my writing’ themes: report writing, compare and contrast this with that, arguing a case, evaluating, letter writing and more. Every effort has been made to make the writing tasks real-world relevant, with students taking on the roles of newspaper reporter, lawyer for the accused, a scientist explaining a discovery, a citizen writing a letter of complaint, or making a submission, and more. Perhaps some students will think, “This could be me.”
To make this work, all books and manuals will be available in digital format next year. This will work for some schools, others will choose to continue with hard copy. Both will be available.
Agility with Sound Digital program
For now, I have intermediate and secondary students in mind, but I plan to extend it to upper primary in time. It will, of course, be age and need appropriate. There will be a digital component, but handwriting matters, and will be included.