If you had the time to sit down and tutor each student, life would be so much easier.
If you're like me, you have:
- large classes
- students who are not enthusiastic about editing and revising
- less time than you need
When I started teaching writing, I knew that I needed to address grammar. Maybe it's not interesting, but it's necessary. I just didn't know how to do so without boring my students (and me) to tears. How can you help students write complex sentences with ease?
Have you tried worksheets? You have probably figured out what researchers have learned. Worksheets do almost nothing to increase writing skills. Worksheets and Daily Oral Language actually increase errors!
- So, how do you teach writing?
- By showing students examples of mistakes, or models of writing that works?
You should show students models of what works. You don't teach your students to read by showing them the letter A and then saying, that is not "B." Make sure you don't say "b" when you see this letter!
- If this doesn't work, what does work?
- How do you really model good writing?
One of the first things I teach my students in writing is how to make SOBA sentences. Here is a video lesson that I made for my students on compound sentences that combine with the words So, Or, But or And.
Here is a link to my document that is used in the video. Feel free to modify it and use it! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YTaohXQHOw1_QET02hbzjcFA81fPehW03mxhwKjYW54/edit?hl=en