Video 8: Teaching a Specific Writing Strategy
Watch the 30-minute video "Teaching a Specific Writing Strategy." Apply what you have learned in "Teaching the Writing Craft" as you watch the extended video of classroom examples.
Answer the questions that follow each segment, jotting down your answers in your notebook or using them as discussion starters.
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Silvia Edgerton's Class
In this segment, Silvia Edgerton introduces her students to a new revision strategy in a lesson that spans multiple days.
- What is the benefit of allowing students to talk through a strategy together before trying it independently?
- List the various ways Silvia presents the idea of "zooming in" to her students. What are the advantages of using this approach to teach a new writing strategy?
Mark Hardy's Class
In this segment, Mark Hardy introduces his students to the writing habits they will learn to adopt in his classroom.
- Mark uses a "fishbowl" approach to model the strategy he wants his students to employ as they talk with their partners about their writing work. How is this an effective way to teach a new strategy?
- Mark uses charts as visual cues to help students remember important information about the strategies he is teaching. What role do these charts play in nurturing independence in Mark's students?