Help for struggling writer.

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  1. jpablot

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    So I have one student n my class whose writing is really bringing down her Language Arts grade. Her parents asked that I give her some type of work that will help improve her writing skills that they can help her with. I have no clue what to send home or what to give. Does anyone have any suggestions for good writing material to help a struggling writer?
     
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    What is she struggling with--mechanics, ideas, organization?
     
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    Yes
     
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    Without more information, we really can't give you any advice.
     
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    Which is the one area you want to choose to focus on first?
     
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    I would say ideas are the main area of weakness that I would like to focus on for the type of writing that we are doing this year.
     
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    That's still very broad. Main ideas or supporting ideas? Is it that she can't even really get started or that she expresses an idea but can't figure out where to go from there?
     
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    I have a student who sounds like this, even without additional info. She basically shrugs when confronted with a writing assignment. She definitely doesn't have any successful writing in her background, so no trove of positive experiences upon which to draw. When confronted with an assignment where she had to write a short story (after already brainstorming character traits with me), what I did was describe each paragraph for her, thereby organizing and formatting the entire story. Then, she had to write the paragraphs. Her first approach was simply to list things. For each sentence, we went back and rewrote to show, not tell. For example, when she wrote that Michael was an average teenager, I had her write a sentence that contained either something he said or did that showed that he was typical. So, it was a long haul, but the scaffolding helped her see the finished product.
     
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    Daisy~great idea!

    OP~I would also provide her with sentence starters to help jumpstart her writing.
     
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    Have her create a 'map of her heart' for inspiration...memories, important people, hobbies, passions.

    Have her write off a photo or object

    Make a class list of writing ideas

    Write about a 'first'

    Write about a 'last'

    Write about a time at a favorite place

    Use mentor texts...write in the style of the author
     
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    For some people writing fan fiction can be inspiring. If she has a favorite television show or movie she might enjoy writing a story using characters that are already familiar to her. It might also be easier if she doesn't have to worry about building her own characters; it's a bit of a 'cheat' that could help.
     
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    Would it help to get her started blogging?
     

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