Students and teachers need to speak the same language when it comes to writing. Assessment Test rubrics often contain language students do not understand. This product includes a Word Wall of writing vocabulary, a glossary of writing terms, and tools and strategies for writing!
This Toolbox includes:
Easy-to-read Handouts on
• The Writing Process
• The Traits of Good Writing
• Transition Words for All Modes of Writing
• A Writing Word Wall with more than 50 writing terms from Writing Assessment Rubrics
• A Glossary with definitions and strategies for each term
At-a-glance Guide for Patterns of Organization for the following types of essays:
• Academic Writing Word Bank: Replacement words for
--a lot/a ton
And a problem-solving guide for common writing hurdles:
--putting thoughts on paper
--finding the right word
--trying to do too much
--finding a variety of examples
--closing the body paragraphs
--writing the conclusion
--nothing seems to be working
I am a former magazine writer who taught 7th and 8th grade writing for 12 years. These tools come from my personal toolbox, fine-tuned through years of trial and error.
Former students tell me they continue to use these resources throughout high school.
One of their favorites is the Modes of Writing/Patterns of Organization handout. It gives an overview of the basics of narrative, persuasive, expository, and descriptive writing at-a-glance.
Another favorite resource is the Writing Strategies handout. This chart addresses common hurdles students encounter when writing and gives them strategies to power through. It’s a Writing Coach in chart form.
The purpose of the Writer's Toolbox is to give students the tools and strategies they need to improve their writing and meet expectations on Assessment Tests.
I suggest giving these handouts to them in small doses and encouraging them to use them whenever they write.
Focus on one part at a time. The handouts can be used in any order and will complement any writing program.