Yeah, We’re Teaching Writing Right

Ideas from Help! For Writers by Roy Peter Clark that teachers can (and do) use.

• Keep a notebook, journal, or daybook

• Working on an introduction? Read good leads. p. 104

• Read your draft like a reader would. p. 126

•Talk it out.  “You can draft a story with your voice before you write it down.” p. 175

• Can’t get started on the paper or story? Write a memo, letter, note, journal entry on the topic instead. Read it and save the parts you can use. p. 176-177

• Freewrite. p. 177

I am not implying that writing instruction cannot be improved, but it does feel reassuring when we see that the things we’re doing in our classrooms are validated by scholars.