Monday, December 18, 2017

Writing for Elementary Schools

LearningCity is here to help in many ways with literacy in elementary schools, especially writing!

There are a number of ways that teachers can use great programs to build writing skills. For instance, with VocabularySpellingCity, a teacher can have the students write a sentence for each word on a list or a paragraph that uses all the words on a list.  Two great ways to practice writing skills!

The Right Approach to Writing

WritingCity, powered by WriteSteps, is the perfect program to empower young developing writers. Our new K-5 writing and grammar program seamlessly aligns with state standards and supports highly-respected best practices. The complete WritingCity framework includes ready-to-use interactive lessons proven to increase student performance and scores. Teachers can easily implement our program to help students confidently craft their writing.
Teach Writing Effectively
The writing curriculum weaves together the best elements of successful teaching methods such as the Writer’s Workshop and the Six Traits Model to achieve superior writing instruction that spirals across all elementary grade levels.
Make the Most of Your Writing Block
Daily instructional videos break down lessons into quick 5-7 minute clips, shortening instructional time so that students get more practice writing, and teachers can conference with students.
Customize Student Learning
Students can log in at any time and work at their own pace, review material, and write and publish their work online for teacher and peer feedback. With engaging writing prompts, exemplary student writing samples, and an easy annotation platform, students have all the tools they need to excel.
Access On-Demand Professional Development
Personalize your professional development with our team of highly trained educators, or explore a wide selection of introductory and topic-specific tutorials. Our team of teachers is there to support you every step of the way.
Get Students on the Right Track with WritingCity

Another way to build writing skills is with a course from Time4Writing.  And I cite:

Time4Writing teaches writing courses for elementary, middle school and high school students. Time4Writing’s certified teachers provide eight-week tutorial courses for:
  • Students who don’t get enough writing practice and feedback from their schools
  • Students who want additional writing instruction to prepare for high stakes tests
  • Homeschool families that like the external evaluation and guidance on writing
  • Students who need extra writing practice to help sharpen their skills
  • Students who lack confidence in their writing
  • Students who enjoy writing and need constructive feedback to improve

While handwriting practice is quite different, VSC also helps create printable worksheets for handwriting practice. And I cite once more:

VocabularySpellingCity allows users to print out any word list as a handwriting worksheet. Each word appears on a separate line on handwriting paper in light writing for tracing, with plenty of space for handwriting practice.
VocabularySpellingCity provides a variety of options for printable handwriting worksheets. Specifically, users choose between print (manuscript), D’Nealian font, cursive, or sign language; arrows on or off; lower or upper case; large, medium, and small type size, and left or right alignment.
Printing in larger type is ideal for preschoolers and early Elementary students. If you have a free account, you can easily create alphabet handwriting worksheets and number worksheets by entering and saving lists consisting of letters and/or numbers. Once you save the list, simply select Handwriting Practice from the Games page to generate your custom worksheet. You can choose from the more traditional print (manuscript), or create D’Nealian handwriting worksheets. For older students, you can print cursive handwriting worksheets and decrease the type size for more age-appropriate handwriting paper.
To create handwriting worksheets, just find the word list you’d like use, and select Print a Game. Then select Handwriting. Choose from the different options, then select the Print link. Click here to see an example.

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Writing for Elementary Schools

LearningCity is here to help in many ways with literacy in elementary schools, especially writing! There are a number of ways that teache...