The everyday experience of writing in people’s lives has expanded dramatically.
In February 2016, NCTE sunsetted the The Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing. These beliefs were revised and replaced by a new statement Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing. These principles of writing include:
- Writing grows out of many purposes.
- Writing is embedded in complex social relationships and their appropriate languages.
- Composing occurs in different modalities and technologies.
- Conventions of finished and edited texts are an important dimension of the relationship between writers and readers.
- Everyone has the capacity to write; writing can be taught; and teachers can help students become better writers.
- Writing is a process.
- Writing is a tool for thinking.
- Writing has a complex relationship to talk.
- Writing and reading are related.
- Assessment of writing involves complex, informed, human judgment.
Over the next few weeks, we will dig deeper to share concrete illustrations of effective classroom practices based on the professional principles that guide effective teaching.
In light of the significance of writing in our national life, to draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in, and to help writers from all walks of life recognize how important writing is to their lives, NCTE established October 20 as the National Day on Writing. For the ninth year in a row, October 20 will be a day devoted to the importance of writing in our lives. To gear up to celebrate the National Day on Writing, NCTE plans to share resources on writing the entire month of October! Here are some ideas for you to celebrate writing all month long:
- Encourage your students to uncover all of the different kinds of writing they do on a daily basis by asking them to keep a list of everything they write, from text messages to school assignments, e-mails to diary entries, in a single day.
- After students make a list of everything they wrote in a day, help them see the variety in their writing, both individually and as a class. Post colorful chart paper with age-appropriate questions about purpose, audience, genre or type, and technology around the room.
- Ask students to brainstorm different categories for each poster based on the writing they did. Write these categories on the posters and then have students contribute examples from their personal lists. Facilitate a gallery walk of the posters once students have contributed to all of them.
- Encourage students to view and reflect on all kinds of writing – no matter the purpose, audience, type, or technology.
As you celebrate writing in October, share out with others using the hashtag #WhyIWrite!
Help students recognize the elements of a poem and explore different ways of writing poetry, and you’ll also enable the students to become more familiar with the meaning of words and sentences, sentence structure, rhymes, and vocabulary. Plus, in writing poetry, students will discover a new, limitless world of expression that’s just as fun to share with others as it is to create. Try out some of these lesson plans and resources from ReadWriteThink.org.
Encourage creativity and word play by helping a child recognize the elements of a poem and explore different ways of writing one in this Tip & How To written for families.
“Writing Poetry with Rebus and Rhyme” encourages students to use rhyming words to write rebus poetry modeled on rebus books, which substitute pictures for the words that young students cannot yet identify or decode.
Students create poetry collections with the theme of “getting to know each other” in this ReadWriteThink.org lesson plan. They study and then write a variety of forms of poetry to include in their collections.
After reading a book or magazine, children and teens can choose a section and transform it into what’s known as a “found poem” in “Finding Poetry in Pleasure Reading“.
In “The ABCs of Poetry” students examine a letter of the alphabet from all angles, creating image pools of original metaphors that they then turn into poems.
Using an online tool, students summarize papers they have written using the traditional format of a haiku in “Summarizing with Haikus“.
What poetry writing activities do your students enjoy?