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Provide Writing Frame


ELA: Writing All Ages Strategy


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Provide Writing Frame

If your student struggles with writing structure

Teach It!

  1. Objective: Students will use writing frames to help themselves plan, structure, and tie together conceptual ideas when they write.
  2. Teacher Takeaways: The structure and amount of support of the writing frame you provide can vary widely depending on the student's needs, familiarity with the genre, and age. You might differentiate by providing just a basic outline to some students, while filling in parts of the outline for others. A "skeleton" outline, or partially filled-in outline, can include a starting phrase for each section of the writing. Phrases can be sequential cues (first, then, next, last) or prompts about the plot, characters or setting. For students who need more support, present the frame in paragraph format with starting sentences so they do not need to take the extra step of envisioning from outline to writing.
  3. Teachers Notes: Over time, decrease the amount of support so students do not become reliant on a teacher-provided frame. Encourage students to reference previously-used frames if they are having difficulty as you decrease the amount of support.

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

Writing frames offer a concrete structure and overview of how to organize ideas and what key elements to include in their writing. Frames can help students gain confidence in a new genre or help students who struggle with organization, planning, getting started, or missing key elements. Student writing improves significantly when they have clear models and practice.