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This article shares ideas of how to teach writing through activities based on constructivism and scaffolding.
Have students begin a writing task—like an autobiography or observation essay, or something more specific, like a restaurant or video game review—by looking at various examples.
The first short scaffolding task might be to write a paragraph about which examples the students preferred, what one technique an author used that they would like to try, and what one choice a writer made that they would never do, then—for all these points—explain why.
Even those who place into a standard writing course may well lack the skills needed to complete it.
In my writing classes, a student will say, “I’m a bad writer,” never having learned that drafting, revising, and getting input before revising again are what all writers do.
After students draft their essays, they review them using a student-friendly , with categories found in the Common Core, C3, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced frameworks.
Zoom In asks students to both write and read the way that historians do.