Using Sentence Frames to Motivate Students to Write
Submitted by Jeri Gue on June 9, 2019 - 2:17pm
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In a previous post I prompted members to discuss motivating students to write. In the past week I have been developing a presentation that focuses on critical thinking and critical reading as essential skills for effective writers, particularly when addressing argument. As I was researching critical thinking and reading instructional strategies, I kept revisiting the concept of motivation and incorporated some strategies to help motivate students to write. Our students must have motivation to engage in all aspects of effective writing.
Many of our students are intimidated by writing long passages such as essays and papers. Using paragraph frames is an instructional strategy I have used to help motivate students to write. For lower-level students I begin with sentence frames. Students are provided with “frames” of sentences or paragraphs with words missing. Instruction is then scaffolded with less support, ultimately providing students with the skills to independently write.
Please share any successes you have had using sentence or paragraph frames.
My quote for the day is by Ray Bradbury, “You fail only if you stop writing.”