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When students are struggling in reading and writing, a promising approach is to emphasize the connections through strategies like sentence starters and mentor texts.
Putting Reading and Writing Together for Struggling Students
It’s not easy to keep struggling students engaged in writing and reading.
Many have started learning the ropes in terms of strategies for reading and writing but haven’t been given enough slack to practice, so they don’t automatically generate purposes for their reading or revise their writing to suit their purpose.
A promising approach (which is featured as a recommendation in the new “Teaching Secondary Students to Write Effectively” practice guide, published by the Institute of Education Sciences in November 2016) is to focus on the features of effective text as a way to integrate reading and writing.
If implemented in a student-centered classroom, this approach can help students build independence—it enables them to take more control over constructing meaning; think more deeply about task, purpose, and audience; and actively identify themselves as readers and writers.
Here are a few strategies you can employ to implement this approach in your classroom . . .
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