Writing & Textual-Analysis

litanalysisTextual Analysis & Informative Writing
  1. The following techniques can help your students build their textual analysis:
Creative Writing & College Entrance Essay Writing
Argumentative Writing
For quantitative writing goals, click here.
For writing rubrics, click here.

Principles to live by

  • Writing is a powerful outlet. It gives voice to your students and can help them develop into creative and critical citizens.
  • Writing is an output — a manifestation of students’ analytical thinking — and should occur in response to inputs. Whether those inputs are literary works, mentor texts, your own modeled writing, or background-knowledge-building nonfiction will depend on the situation.
  • Writing should occur as frequently as possible.
  • Students should analyze and problem-solve around their writing as often as possible. This helps students take ownership of their progress and provides natural ground for relationships and classroom culture to flourish.

Exemplars

Recommended reading

On improving students’ ideas, organization & style (pre-writing & drafting)
  • Teaching Adolescent Writers, by Kelly Gallagher
  • Write Like This, by Kelly Gallagher
  • Notebook Know-How: Strategies for the Writer’s Notebook, by Aimee Buckner
On improving students’ grammar, punctuation & sentence formation (revising & editing)
  • Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage & Style into Writer’s Workshop, by Jeff Anderson
  • Everyday Editing, by Jeff Anderson
  • The Grammar Plan Book, by Constance Weaver
  • Painless Grammar, by Rebecca Elliott

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