By Debbie Moeller, Author, Guest Blogger
Teaching elementary writing skills is difficult. Students may struggle with composing. They may become frustrated and dissatisfied with what they produce. Keep in mind that a child’s writing should mirror the level of text complexity they are currently reading. You should expect their sentences to look like sentences in books they read. Using leveled guided reading books as mentor texts can provide a model and framework for a child’s writing. In this blog, I’ll share easy writing activities to accompany fun narrative texts that will inspire your budding writers.
My students love reading books by Joy Cowley. Her humorous stories about Mrs. Wishy-Washy always bring smiles. There are some fun leveled readers within the Joy Cowley Early Birds series that are great springboards to teach writing strategies.
Writing with Joy Cowley Books
Other Books to Improve Writing
Mentor texts are a great way to demonstrate the relationship between words students are reading and writing. There are many fun titles in the Joy Cowley Collection and in the Kaleidoscope Collection that lend themselves to a variety of ways to improve writing.
Kid Writing in the 21st Century: A Systemic Approach to Phonics, Spelling, and Writing Workshop
Are you looking for more guidance on how to get started with sample schedules, targeted mini-lessons, genre and content writing, reproducibles, and formative assessments? Kid Writing in the 21st Century is a symphony in three voices that will help you implement a wide range of tools to develop deeper thinkers and better writers. Whether you're looking for effective tips for English Language Learners, or helping kids make connections across the curriculum, this book offers a wealth of opportunities to make writing more engaging.
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