Entries Tagged as 'Writing'

Handwriting practice can be fun

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by Denise Eide
Speaker at MassHOPE Convention
April 24-26

Letter Dictationgirl writing in the sandProvide students with a whiteboard, chalkboard, sensory box, or paper. Say the sounds of one of the letters. Direct the students to write the letter.

Blind Writing
Direct the students to close their eyes and write the letter five to ten times without looking. Without visual cues, the students must rely on muscle memory. Instruct the students to open their eyes and choose the letter which is written the most legibly.

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Vocabulary Fun

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by Nancy Manos
AHEAD Partner Blogger

Over lunch at a restaurant, when the girls were about nine and eleven, our oldest daughter Olivia said she wanted to get her hair cut in a particularrandom words? style. I wasn’t in favor of this and a conflict arose between us. My husband—ever the problem solver—began asking each of us questions to help us understand the other’s position and hopefully come to an agreement. When neither of us would bend, our younger daughter, who had been pretty quiet during most of the discussion, chimed in and stated that it seemed we had reached an impasse. 

James and I were duly impressed with her appropriate use of this word at a very unexpected moment. “Impasse” was a vocabulary word Alex learned through our Words of the Week vocabulary activity.  We all had a good laugh together and enjoyed the rest of our lunch. I don’t recall what we decided about Olivia’s hair, but I’ll never forget Alex’s use of her vocabulary word at just the right time.

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Four Deadly Errors of Teaching Writing

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Common Mistakes and Some Options for Parents
by Andrew Pudewa

student writing

We’ve all suffered it at one time or another: Frustration about writing assignments. Either on the receiving end, or perhaps nowon the giving end, there can be a few distinctly discouraging aspects to teaching and being taught writing. The tough questions include:

  • What to correct and how to give a grade?
  • How much help is too much?
  • Isn’t the assignment clear enough?
  • Why don’t students find their own errors?

 

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Just a Mother

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by John R. Erickson

I grew up in a little town in the northern Texas Panhandle. Nobody in Perryton had ever become a writer or, as far as I knew, had even thought much about it. 

I did very little writing until I went to college. At the University of Texas, I did well in courses that required essays, and I took some classes on writing. During my two years at Harvard Divinity School, I enrolled in a year-long class on fiction writing.

However, I have come to realize that the best instruction I received on writing did not occur in a college classroom or come from someone with a doctorate in English literature.

 

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