Any good ideas on how to teach children to be better writers? I have been doing mini lessons and meeting individually with children but it seems some students just do not improve. We have the state test coming and there are many picture prompts and open ended questions. I cannot figure out a good way to make some better writers. Any suggestions on how to be a better teacher when it comes to writing would be greatly appreciated. I feel I am failing some kids when I come home and read their writing, while other's pieces are amazing.