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What are the strategies in teaching expository and narrative writing?

Dec 10, 2013 8:44am

  • English Language Arts
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  • Engagement


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    • Dec 11, 2013 3:08pm

      Hi Heidi-
      Scaffolding the writing process is important regardless of the genre. I find it helpful to review the Common Core standards with students before beginning writing, so they know what is expected of them from each genre, as well as expectations for the production and distribution of writing and the research process which is required. When looking at the standards, don't just think about doing one writing standard at a time. The standards are integrated, so when working on 1 (argument), 2 (informative), or 3 (narrative), you can also focus on standards 4-10.

      Providing exemplars is also great practice. Modeling yourself is great for the kids because they will nitpick your work and perform the peer review of a lifetime!

      Lastly, try to make as many prompts text based as possible. Check out the template tasks in the Literacy Design Collaborative at for help in creating these prompts. There are also some great modules with all the necessary resources to execute a lesson.

      Hope this helps,

      • Dec 10, 2013 8:01pm

        Model the writing process for them. Sow students how the writing process is utilized with every step of examples and illustrations for them. If students write something, you should be writing at the same time, with your writing being displayed at all times ot show them what to do.

        • Jan 23, 2014 3:59pm

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