Date
30 October 2020

Support writing skills

Ideas are an important part of writing. Provide a structure for organising ideas, as well as supports for spelling.

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Three ways to support writing development

Three ways to support writing development

Teach the code – systematically teach phonics in the first three years of school.

Adapt the instruction and expectation, not the content. Provide access to the curriculum for all learners.

Self regulation – support students to set goals and self-monitor.

Source: Lyn Stone (opens in a new tab/window)

Provide a multifaceted approach

Provide a multifaceted approach

Stress on one part of the writing process can affect a student’s ability to use another part of the process. A multifaceted approach is more effective than a single intervention.

Support learning with these strategies and accommodations.

Provide templates

Provide templates

Use templates, such as story maps, to support planning and organisation of writing. This reduces the cognitive load for students and scaffolds the writing process.

Model spelling strategies

Model spelling strategies

Shared writing provides explicit opportunities for developing students’ abilities to hear and articulate the sequence of sounds within words.

Provide word lists

Provide word lists

Have a variety of class-generated word lists, alphabet-based word lists, verb-family lists, and dictionaries available in the classroom.

These are more effective when generated from discussions with the students.

Word wall examples.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Why children with dyslexia struggle with writing and how to help them

Read time: 80 min

Publisher: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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Writing for impact Teaching students how to write with a plan and spell well

Writing for impact: Teaching students how to write with a plan and spell well

Publisher: NZCER Press

Price: One off charge NZ$90.00

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Bulletin Special issue on writing and writing difficulties

Bulletin: Special issue on writing and writing difficulties

Read time: 127 min

Publisher: Learning Difficulties Australia

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Support early literacy development through a structured literacy approach”:

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