My students have great Ideas (see 6+1 Writing Traits) for writing and are creating captivating beginnings to their pieces (stories, recounts etc) however they often fall straight back to “telling” for the remainder of their piece. I’m am pleased to see that my students are becoming aware and noticing the problem but are now frustrated because they don’t have a strategy in place to help them improve.
Once again, Steve Peha to the rescue! He provides practical ways to help students overcome the challenges of writing. He suggests two simple strategies Idea-Details and Tell-Show in his The Writing Teacher’s Strategy Guide.
Please download and read Steve Peha's Tips and Example pages in this document which help guide teachers with how to approach these strategies and the subtle but important difference between the two.
Today instead of using his Draw-Label-Caption during Pre-Writing, I modeled using these two simple graphic organizers as a two step strategy.
ProDivas is a simple sharing approach, teacher to teacher, for our professional development. We collect and share bite-sized practical ideas. Once you take a bite, you may be self-motivated to eat the whole meal! We aim to find ideas supported by research to then apply for “best practice” but some ideas are too good to miss and are just simple “teacher tips”.