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Struggling and reluctant writers

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When students continue to struggle, the first move to be to shift our approach to instruction.


Read handouts When Writing is Assigned and Authentic Audience and What do I do with a struggling writer and discuss with the following prompts:

  1. How providing choice in writing relates to student engagement?

  2. How might the purpose of writing impact student motivation?

Then watch two strategies for reluctant writers (2:06) and Motivating struggling and reluctant writers (2:15) 

Sometimes writers can shut down because they don’t know how to spell, or form letters, or struggle with ideas.  Lowering the stakes for writers is one way to build fluency and increase confidence. Watch (3:58) how Jennifer Seravallo works with a struggling writer.

Finally, read text about how teacher expectation contributes to profile of struggling writer.  Discuss how this might relate to your experience in the classroom.


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These tools were created as part of the Literacy Improvement in Rural Education through Collaboration (LIREC) project funded by the U.S. Department of Education