What to Write About: Two Teachers Share


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In this video, Jane Brammer shares a strategy that can be used for many students who have a difficult time coming up with something to write about.

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Jane outlines the steps she takes to help students get their ideas down, from rehearsing the writing and counting the words to drawing a line for each word so the student can then focus on sounding the words. Is this a strategy you might use with your students?

Janet Scott reminds us that older students could take photos of something they did and scroll through them as a jumping-off point for what to write about. Do you have students who could benefit from this strategy? How might you tweak it to meet the needs of your students?


  • What is your go-to strategy when you are choosing writing topics? Could this help you too?
  • Try this yourself. Take a photo, bring it in, and model writing about it.

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