- The following techniques can help your students build their textual analysis:
- “Factoring” with a 4-Square or Analyzing & Writing Commentary for Evidence: See Franzen’s full notes and examples for using with class.
- Topic vs. Claim
- I love this video-lesson from Sarah Wessling that illuminates how Ss can better understand the difference between the topic of anaylsis and the claim of their analysis.
- Utilize the Three Levels of Inquiry within and throughout your Questioning in a Text:
Creative Writing & College Entrance Essay Writing
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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.
- Rubrics & exemplars help teachers figure out the complexity, length, and content that students at a certain grade level should be writing.
- Here are some good exemplars to reference:
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