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Resources to Share from a Writing Training

I recently facilitated the LINCS training called Effective Principles and Practices for Effective Writing Instruction at a regional adult education association conference. Because it was a double session, we had a good amount of time for discussion and participants were able to share some of their favorite resources and strategies they use with their students when working on writing. I'd like to share the two that seemed to really resonant with the group. Please jump in and share yours too!


Short Films as Writing Prompts

One participant regularly uses the short films on this website as writing prompts for her students. They watch the films, discuss them, and then use them as the basis for a variety of creative writing activities. If you sign up, they will send you new shorts each week.


Providing Feedback on Student Writing Tip

One participant uses two highlighters to provide feedback on his student's writing. He found this tip somewhere and has been using it with great success with his students. It's called Glow and Grow. He uses a yellow highlighter to highlight areas of his students' writing that are really great. They glow when they receive the praise the yellow connotes. He uses a green highlighter to highlight areas of his students' writing that need improvement. They understand that green connotes areas where they need to grow in terms of their writing skills. The color is a very effective way to immediately convey his feedback, both positive and constructive, to his students. 

What are some of your favorite resources and strategies to help your students improve their writing skills?