As students are beginning the writing process, there are some tips to keep in mind.
- It may be a good idea to develop some sort of ‘word wall’ - whether it be on a poster board, in a file folder, or on an actual wall. On this wall, have the student help you put the words of friends and sight words. They can refer to this resource often when writing.
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- Instead of spelling the words for your student—encourage invented spelling. Help your student sound stretch. If they aren't’ sure which letter sound, have an alphabet chart available or them to refer to. The more you spell words for them, the more they will come to expect it. Try to have your student write as independently as possible.
- Have your student practice telling about their illustrations—the more elaborate the explanation, the better.
- Modeling is the best way for a student to learn writing. Try writing a sentence together each day. Let them watch how you start your sentence with a capital letter, leave spaces between words, add punctuation at the end of your sentence, and use your best ‘first grade handwriting.’ Then have them try a sentence on their own.
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