Literacy 4-6

Provide Writing Models


When students read models of the type of writing they are doing, they can identify effective elements to incorporate in their writing. Using teacher or peer examples for different genres helps students improve Foundational Writing Skills and Genre Knowledge.

Use It in the Classroom

Starting at 1:20, watch how two students use their own pieces of writing to give each other feedback. One student suggests an idea of how to strengthen a transition between two scenes and supports his feedback with an example from his writing.

  • Students can gain new ideas from peer models or exemplars chosen to stretch their thinking. Seeing peer models prior to writing or as part of peer editing can show students how they can also write successfully, which increases their self-efficacy and Motivation. Seeing other students' work that displays common challenges with the writing process also encourages a growth mindset to continue to improve.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    See how Write About supports students viewing others' writing. As a publishing platform, teachers and learners can find different genres of writing that can be used as models.

  • Designing products that include examples of different genres of writing allows learners to continually analyze elements like Vocabulary and Syntax and incorporate them into their own writing. Products that allow writing to be shared can also help facilitate peer modeling.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy