Connect, Motivate, Model
—those are just part of the motto of Mary Ledbetter’s Success One Step at a Time
writing and reading / literature comprehension program.
When assignments are broken down into more manageable pieces, students feel more confident and are more successful. Before writing an in-depth paper in any mode, students benefit by experimenting with shorter Quick-Writes
pieces (anywhere from 5-minutes to no more than 15-minutes). Models at various levels are provided in this bundle to give student writers an indication of the possibilities for completing each assignment. The idea of Quick-Writes is not for writers to take them to the final stage—unless the teacher would like to use the pieces as a starting point for more rigorous works—but for them to try manipulating language to create a voice of their own and have fun doing so.
The bundle includes research-based and classroom-tested activities such as some of the following:
Descriptions of people, places, things, ideas
Short expository and persuasive pieces
I Remember ___Grade
Comparison / Contrast of writer in present and future
If I had…the ability to fly, invisibility, etc.
Free-Verse poem based on picture
Excerpts from Content-Area Quick-Writes
Starters for Quick-Writes and Voice
The time required to complete the lessons is approximately 5-15 minutes for the Quick-Write itself and as much time as the teacher deems necessary for the class to hear some of the pieces.
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