Copywork gives writers exposure to a variety of ways of thinking and writing.
Copywork gives writers a safe place to start. This means students don’t have to create their own ideas to write something meaningful.
Students learn the functions and mechanics of writing.
Students learn to pay attention to the conventions of writing.
Copywork securely introduces students to writing and poetry of deeper meaning.
Copywork helps students to memorize significant pieces of writing.
Copywork allows students to practice their penmanship.
Copywork can be used to teach students how to credit authors.
Copywork can be used in all subject areas to introduce, reinforce, or invite learning.
Compile a set of these sheets (printed front to back) in a comb-bound book, spiral bound book, or three-ringed binder. Use it as a bellwork activity at the beginning of the school day or class period.
You may have a piece of copywork displayed on your classroom’s whiteboard, chalkboard, Elmo, overhead projector, SmartBoard, or other display/projection system for all students to complete. Or, you may allow students to choose from a selection of copywork materials.
Copywork is easy to differentiate because all students can choose to copy (and credit) a different piece of writing.
Copywork exposes students to a variety of types of writing, types of literature, and a plethora of authors.
Copywork can be especially supportive to new learners of English.
Copywork can be used as an intervention strategy for students struggling with writing.
Copywork is a life skill. Throughout life, we are asked to copy information in instances such as note taking, writing a recipe, or writing directions.
Copywork activities can be extended by asking questions and creating a discussion. Example questions include: What do you think the author is trying to convey with this text? How can you apply this text to your life? How does this text connect to our current studies?