The Power of Extreme Writing: How Do I Help My Students Become Eager and Fluent Writers?

The Power of Extreme Writing: How Do I Help My Students Become Eager and Fluent Writers?

The Power of Extreme Writing: How Do I Help My Students Become Eager and Fluent Writers?

The Power of Extreme Writing: How Do I Help My Students Become Eager and Fluent Writers?

Synopsis

Are your students excited about writing? Do you want them to be?Do you want them to ask for more writing opportunities and assignments? Do you want them to engage in writing tasks more quickly and with more fluency?The traditional five-step writing process never explicitly teaches students to be fluent in their writing--to be able to write quickly on any topic. Extreme Writing targets precisely that with focused, daily writing sessions that provide students with consistent, long-term engagement. It is designed to appeal to students in grades 4-8, and--best of all--the approach involves little extra work for you.In The Power of Extreme Writing, author Diana Cruchley not only outlines the process but also describes what it looks like in the classroom, explains how to assess student work, and highlights more than a dozen unique inspirations that motivate students to write.Extreme Writing: it's fun, it's fast, and it works.

Excerpt

Why do we need an all-new look at journaling and writing? I became aware of how much schools were neglecting the element of fluency, and I wanted to create consistent, long-term excitement about writing that would help students build that fluency. Extreme Writing is an intermittent, 20-minutes a day, 10-days in a row act of writing that students actually look forward to and want more of. It’s fun, it’s fast, and it works. How many times do your students actually ask for more writing? Extreme Writing is the first step in the right direction to making that happen.

Why is Extreme Writing important?

With regard to the anchor ELA standards and their emphasis on writing proficiency, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) document states, “To meet these goals, students must devote significant time and effort to writing, producing numerous pieces over short and extended time frames throughout the year” (CCSSI, 2010). However, many teachers have difficulty getting their students to write anything at all, especially if students know their efforts will be graded. They may procrastinate, write skimpy drafts, write the minimum required, or even not write at all. Extreme Writing gives you a way to cultivate a writing culture that . . .

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