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Direct Instruction: Writing Strategies


Explicitly teaching strategies for planning, writing, and revising texts improves students' writing quality. By focusing on an individual strategy and spending time describing, modeling, and having students practice that strategy, teachers can help students hone their Composition abilities, particularly within different content areas.

Use It in the Classroom

  • Since writing is a complex activity, students can become more effective writers when they learn to use strategies for different stages of the writing process. Explicit instruction can help students become more automatic in applying writing strategies. Using a direct instruction method like Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) can help deepen understanding of these individual strategies by teaching them through the steps of developing students' Background Knowledge, discussing the strategy, modeling the strategy, memorizing the strategy, supporting the strategy, and providing independent practice.
  • Design It into Your Product

  • It is important that as students learn new strategies, they have scaffolded support to master and independently apply them. Developers can create programs that include explicit strategies with multiple stages to develop new writing skills. Additionally, an interactive feature where teachers and students can work together during the writing process can help teachers implement direct instruction digitally.
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