Teaching Narrative Essay Writing Middle School

"I told her I wanted her story to have more focus," writes Matsuoka.

"I could tell she was confused so I made rough sketches representing the events of her trip. "Revising Revision: How My Students Transformed Writers' Workshop." The Quarterly (20) 1.

In the beginning there was a great dissonance between male and female responses.

According to Waff, "Girls focused on feelings; boys focused on sex, money, and the fleeting nature of romantic attachment." But as the students continued to write about and discuss their honest feelings, they began to notice that they had similar ideas on many issues.

The National Writing Project's 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing offers successful strategies contributed by experienced Writing Project teachers.

Since NWP does not promote a single approach to teaching writing, readers will benefit from a variety of eclectic, classroom-tested techniques.

He instructs the student to write a one page essay, comparing and contrasting three sources that provide guidance on the established use of that particular convention, making sure a variety of sources are available.

"I want the student to dig into the topic as deeply as necessary, to come away with a thorough understanding of the how and why of the usage, and to understand any debate that may surround the particular usage." JOYCE, DOUGLAS JAMES. "On the Use of Metawriting to Learn Grammar and Mechanics." The Quarterly (24) 4. "Back to Square One: What to do When Writing Workshop Just Doesn't Work." The Quarterly (23) 1.

She conceived of "Headline News." As students entered the classroom on Monday mornings, they wrote personal headlines about their weekends and posted them on the bulletin board.

A headline might read "Fifth-Grader Stranded at Movie Theatre" or "Girl Takes on Responsibility as Mother's Helper." After the headlines had been posted, students had a chance to guess the stories behind them.

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