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Provide Writing Models


When teachers provide students with model texts for their writing, they learn to identify effective elements to incorporate into their own writing. Using texts written by the teacher or peers can help students improve Disciplinary Literacy, support their use of Argumentative Reasoning, and improve the overall quality of Composition.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this middle school teacher uses a mentor text to examine and show how to craft a persuasive essay. By having opportunities for deeper discussion, students can identify specific criteria that make this essay compelling, which they can integrate into their own compositions.

  • Teachers can use think-alouds when presenting model texts to help students look deeper into what makes successful writing. This can also illuminate the writing process for adolescent writers. When students see peer models prior to writing or as part of peer editing, they have evidence of potential success, 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 across disciplines and incorporate them into their own writing. Products that allow writing to be shared can also help facilitate peer modeling.
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