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Grade 8 Writing

What we do:

Writing is broken into an in-depth study and/or review of English grammar and a comprehensive practice of writing paragraphs and essays, such as narration, exposition, persuasion, argumentation, and style analysis. Teachers assess each student’s individual progress and decide what each student needs to move their writing forward.  Writing is implemented daily, so students continue the process of developing the craft of writing.  It relies on kinesthetic learning at the keyboard to increase compositional fluency.

How we do it:

Direct Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Explicit teaching
  • Drill and practice

Indirect Instruction

  • Problem solving
  • Case studies
  • Reading for meaning
  • Reflective discussion
  • Writing to inform
  • Concept mapping

Experimental Learning

  • Narratives
  • Storytelling

Independent Study

  • Essays
  • Computer assisted instruction
  • Research projects

Interactive Instruction

  • Brainstorming
  • Peer partner learning
  • Discussion
  • Cooperative learning

Instructional Skills

  • Explaining
  • Demonstrating
  • Questioning
  • Questioning techniques
  • Wait time
  • Graphic organizers
  • Self-monitoring strategies