If there’s anything that teachers can easily get their students to do, it’s writing, right?
::teachers looking around with bewildered looks on their faces and shaking their heads vehemently::
Okay, we know that writing is one of the hardest things to get students interested in. Of course, there’s always the small handful of kids who love to write and will get excited when you announce the assignment, but the majority of students will roll their eyes and/or groan at the thought of having to create characters and plot or an introduction and conclusion.
So how do you get your students engaged in writing?
- Find out what they’re interested in and draw them in that way. Make your first assignment an interest or personal piece.
- Introduce them to different types of writing so they can find their strengths. Building student confidence early on in the process will pave an easier road for you when it comes to bigger or more complex writing assignments later on.
- Take advantage of the many pre-packaged prompts and the advanced option to recommend prompts to specific students in MI Write to reach your entire class of unique kids.
- Use the “Student Choice” prompt for any of the three genres to allow students to choose their own topics.
- Create your own prompt that fits your needs.
You’ve got them hooked on writing, or at least willing to start the assignment, but they don’t know how to sufficiently plan their essay.
Students will often skip right to the drafting stage, hoping that it will be a one-and-done kind of experience. This is a great disservice to them as they miss out on the opportunity to brainstorm and explore their own thoughts on a topic.
- Enable the use of graphic organizers to help young writers figure out what they want to say and how they want to say it. Students can choose the one that best suits their needs for this assignment.
- You also have the ability to require a specific graphic organizer if there is a certain structure you want this essay to have.
They finally planned out, wrote, and submitted their first draft. But now they don’t know what to do with the feedback they are given. How do you help them now?
When students haven’t had a lot of writing practice, they tend to do a lot of surface-level editing of spelling and grammar. They don’t know how to think critically about their own writing or how to improve their skills.
- You have the option to hide spelling and grammar feedback until a certain draft.
- Maybe you want them to focus on one specific trait at a time.
- The evaluation and feedback given for each trait will guide them to consider things like adding more details, strengthen their argument, or use more concise vocabulary.
MI Write is built to support your writing instruction, as well as students who are growing their skills. That is why we have tools embedded in the program that make it easier for you to create writing assignments that are just right for you and your students. If you’re interested in getting MI Write into your classroom, let us know today! We’d love to support your instruction!