By Jacob Steiss
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By Jiali Wang
On July 1st, 2020, Dr. Troy Hicks facilitated a webinar on purposeful arcs of writing instruction and what they look like in his classroom. This blog offers a recap of that two-hour event. For those interested in access to a replay of this webinar, click here.
What are arcs of instruction?
Arcs of instruction consider writing tasks in the context of larger unit or curricular movements towards writing proficiency. Hicks asks teacher to consider what types of writers they want to mold at the end of multi-day, writing-centric unit:
Strategy Instruction That Works
By Jacob Steiss
Looking for ways to help students develop strategies effective writers use while composing? Check out the following infographic describing a proven writing intervention: Self-Regulated Strategy Development
Our post from last week highlighted several evidence-based strategies for teaching secondary students to write effectively. In this guide, a panel of experienced writing teachers and writing researchers outline ways to implement high-leverage practices for writing in secondary classrooms across content areas. One recommendation, informed in part by the work of WRITE Center leader Dr. Carol Booth Olson, is to explicitly teach appropriate writing strategies using a Model-Practice-Reflect instructional cycle.
Dr. Olson's work focuses on modeling cognitive strategies that experienced writers use and teaching students to incorporate these strategies in their writing. Much of her work also involves how these strategies can be used to improve the academic writing of English learners.
Feel free to take a closer look at Recommendation 1 in the IES Guide, which includes strategies like the use of color-coding to evaluate student writing (seen below). The Educators' Guide also offers a number of suggestions on how to get more traction with these strategies if students are struggling.