Recently updated, “Scaffolded Writing Tasks” is a workbook originally designed for students on the autism spectrum or who have difficulty processing language but appropriate for any struggling writer. The format provides a great deal of scaffolding support through picture and writing prompts to guide the writer through the process of identifying main ideas and key details in order to organize and write simple paragraphs. These are foundational skills necessary to acquire before one can tackle more complex writing tasks.
It allows the student to choose a prompt among various related pictures to encourage interest and motivation. Sentence prompts are written at about a third grade level, but the high interest visuals will appeal to older children and teens as well. Multiple worksheets can be copied for each picture prompt page to provide over sixty individual lessons which offer the repetition and structure that challenged learners most often require. The worksheets are ideal for individual intervention, small group instruction or independent practice depending upon the ability level of the student.
Used consistently, “Scaffolded Writing Tasks” provides students ample repetition and practice in order to develop benchmark skills leading to the acquisition of a number of the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing and their related standards, including:
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.2 through CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2)
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.3 through CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.3)
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.4 through CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.4)
In addition to targeting writing skills this resource also incorporates visual and writing prompts that encourage students to apply social and emotional skills when completing the written tasks. This makes it ideal for students who struggle with social skills. Many of the pictures call upon the learner to consider the setting we well as details such as clothing, facial expressions or body language in order to answer the questions asked of them. Students who have difficulty noticing social cues within their environment or taking the perspective of others may particularly benefit from the use of this product.