Things You Can Do to Help Your Child to Become a Better Writer

Things You Can Do to Help Your
Students to Become a Better
C. Kennedy ~ Literacy Resource Specialist
Write, Too
Provide writing materials.
Provide a print-rich environment.
Extend their vocabulary.
Write notes.
Write together.
Create a photo album or scrapbook.
Encourage letters.
Remember- Not All Writing Is
Pen to Paper, or Fingers on the
Writing is Thinking
You can support your child’s writing skills not only
through actual reading/writing activities, but by
helping them to become clear and organized
Word Choice
• Ideas make up the content of the piece of writing
• Ideas are the heart of the message.
• Free ideas ~ Help your child with selecting an idea or topic that
they really care about.
• Writer’s Notebook ~ A tool for students to jot down interesting
• Prompt Ideas ~ Urge your child to try different kinds of writing
such as narratives, poetry, or expository writing.
• How a piece is structured or ordered
Introduction ~ A statement that hooks the reader.
Middle ~ Statements that include details that are logically
Conclusion ~ An ending that leaves the reader satisfied.
• Without organization the thing that happened first would be last
• All organizational activities take planning.
• Where to begin, what to do next, and how to make the whole thing
come together.
• Setting the table, putting together on an outfit to wear, or planning a
trip are things that we do in our lives.
• Voice is often misunderstood.
• The writer’s own special, personal style come through in
the words.
• Voice is said to be the fingerprints of the writer on the
• Voice is how the writing draws the reader in, speaks to the
reader at an emotional level, and creates a bond between
reader and writer.
• It is the heart and soul of writing.
• The writer takes risks by revealing the person behind the
writing when they use voice.
Word Choice
• The knack for choosing the “just right” word to
get the message across.
• Word choice is about the use of rich, colorful,
precise language that communicates in a way that
moves and enlightens the writer.
• Descriptive Writing ~ Uses strong word choice that clarifies and expands
on ideas
• Persuasive Writing ~Moves the reader to have a new vision of things
• Narrative Writing ~ Creates images in your mind that are real and make
the reader feel like they are a part of the writing.
Sentence Fluency
• The rhythm and sound of the writing as it is read
• The words need to sound just right as the writer
intended the writing to sound.
• Sentences are well built and they move.
• Strong sentence fluency contains creative
phrasing, parallel construction, alliteration, and
word order that allows the reading to be natural.
Grammar and Usage
Paragraph Indentation
• The way it is put together to make you want
to READ it.
• Handwriting is neat and legible.
• Carefully chosen fonts.
• The finished writing makes the writer proud
to share it.
Keep It Positive!
• Be an excited listener.
• Celebrate even the simplest attempts of
beginning writers.
• Be a team.
• Be the coach- not the writer.
• Focus on ideas first- then editing
• Culham R. (2003) . 6+1 Traits of Writing. New York: Scholastic
Professional Books.
• Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. (1998) Dear Parent, A
Handbook for Parents of Six Trait Writing Students. Portland, Oregon:
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.

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