10 Steps to Launch Work on Writing

Through this systematic, explicit teaching, all students develop independence and build stamina to become engaged and enthusiastic writers.

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Once you've built stamina during Read to Self, and taught the Foundation Lessons of Work on Writing, you're ready to launch using the 10 Steps to Teaching and Learning Independence.

  1. Identify what is to be taught: Work on Writing
  2. Set a purpose: Create a sense of urgency
    • Best way to become a better reader
    • Best way to become a better writer
    • It is fun
  3. Identify the behaviors of Work on Writing on I-chart
  4. Model most-desirable behaviors
  5. Model least-desirable, then most-desirable behaviors (same student)
  6. Students check in with Work on Writing; teacher places students around the room
  7. Practice and build stamina
  8. Stay out of the way; when necessary, confer and set behavior goals
  9. Use a quiet signal—come back to group
  10. Group check-in: “How did it go?” Graph stamina

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