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Teaching Aids For Essay Writing

Hello fellow teachers!

Teaching writing has probably never been harder. How do you teach writing to students whose main experience with writing is text messaging! 

At the same time, writing is more important now than ever. Colleges make life-changing decisions about students’ acceptance based on their writing, and employers say good writing is a hard skill to find in the workplace. Writing is a must-have skill.

So how can you teach writing more effectively?

How to Teach Writing

At The Write Practice, we strive to convince our readers why learning to write better is important to them and their lives, and we do this before we ever teach a single concept.

In other words, we talk about the question why a lot because we believe that a student whois convinced what they’re learning is important to them will always learn better.

We also believe deeply in deliberate practice, and that’s why at the end of each lesson, we give students a chance to put what they’ve just learned to use immediately, encouraging them to share their work with other writers to get feedback.

Teaching Resources for Writing

With that in mind, we’ve assembled a list of our eleven best resources about writing for students.

1. Why We Write: Four Reasons. George Orwell wrote that there are four reasons why people write. We’ve updated his list to encourage new and experienced writers alike to think about what motivates them to write. Click here to view the article.

2. Before You Start Writing, Do This First. Crafting a solid premise is an essential part of the writing process, whether you’re writing an essay, a one-act play, or a short story. Here, we explain the process of creating a premise for non-fiction and fiction. Click here to view the article.

3. 10 Effective Tips to Write an Essay. Writing an essay isn’t easy, no matter how long you’ve been writing, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. In this article, we give all our best advice to write a great essay. Click here to view the article.

4. Grammar 101. Good grammar is important, but does it really matter whether you know what an Oxford comma is or how to use a semi-colon? YES! And we’ll having fun learning all the strange rules, too. Click here to view the article.

5. Why Your Writing Sounds Weird (And What to Do About It). Most schools don’t teach sentence structure anymore, but the reality is that if your sentences aren’t structured correctly, your writing will sound weird. Here’s a fun and authoritative guide to sentence structure. Click here to view the article.

6. 5 Essentials Elements of a Story. Every story is made up of building blocks: action, dialogue, description, inner monologue, and exposition. In this article, we explain how they fit together. Click here to view the article.

7. The Secret to Showing Instead of Telling. “Show, Don’t Tell,” is an important rule in storytelling. Here’s the secret to explaining it as simply as possible. Click here to view the article.

8. How to Become a Better Writer in One Simple Step. This is the single piece of writing advice we give most often. If students can master this, they’ll instantly become powerful, captivating writers. Click here to view the article.

9. 16 Observations About Real Dialogue. Writing good dialogue is hard work. In this article, we give honest observations about realistic dialogue, and then challenge students to a fun and creative exercise. Click here to view the article.

10. The Strongest Form of Characterization. Great stories are made up of interesting and unique characters, but how do you create a great characters? This article explains the best form of characterization.Click here to view the article.

11. 10 Best Writing Prompts. Students love writing prompts, and these are our 10 best! Have fun with them! Click here to view the article.

How to Use These Resources

You’re welcome to use these resources in any of the following ways:

  • Print the articles and use them in your classes
  • Email or link within your syllabus for your students to view on their own
  • Develop lesson plans based on the concepts discussed
  • Use the exercises at the end of each article for homework projects
  • Allow students to read and critique each others’ writing

Also, if you do decided to use any of these resources in your classrooms, please send us a note letting us know. We love hearing from teachers!

Good luck, and happy writing!

Their college life is impossible to imagine without paper work, and that is why it is very important for them to know how to write an essay, an assignment, a dissertation, a composition, etc. So, your task as a teacher is to tell them how to write an essay write and be able to express their thoughts clearly. How to do that? What aspects to pay attention to in order your students could become the best essay writers?

Here you are welcome to find some tips concerning the most important essay aspects to tell your students about. Step by step, you will make it much easier for them to understand the principles of essay writing and their importance for their future practice.

  • Topic

    It is obvious, that the very first thing your students should think of before writing an essay is its topic. Remember, that an essay is not only about writing skills, but it demonstrates the ability of your students to research as well. So, you task is to teach them to research. That is why try to reject the chosen topics if they are too easy for a student, and you see that it will not take much time to write such a essay.

    An essay is not an essay without any research. Explain your students, that it is always better for them to choose a topic they understand well and have an opportunity to make a research on. Good research capability is important for every student to get, that is why do not forget practicing different research tactics with them: tell in details about the methods they can use to find all the information needed, how to use this info wisely, and what are the best ways to distinguish the important facts.

  • Purpose

    Informative and well-styles essays are impossible to write without a purpose. An essay can not be just a piece of writing about general things everybody knows and understands perfectly. So, teach your students that they should not be in a hurry to write their essays at once they've chosen the topic. Make them decide upon the purpose of an essay.

    When a student perfectly understands what he writes an essay for, it will be much easier for him to draw the outline and start writing.

  • Examples

    The process of teaching is impossible without examples. For your students to understand what a good piece of writing actually is, just give them some examples of excellent essays. It may be an essay of your former student for example. When they see a sample, your students will have an idea what a good essay should look like.

    Use samples to tell students about each element their essays should include. They will perfectly understand what the good introduction is, what an informative body of an essay should look like, and how to make an appropriate conclusion. Moreover, your students will also have an opportunity to see how sentences are built, and what grammar constructions are used in an essay.

  • Outline

    The last thing to do before starting to write an essay is to make its outline. Choose some topic and make a list of points your students would need to mention if they wrote an essay on it. Such a technique will give them a better understanding of what and essay is, and how it should be written.

    Make sure that all students perfectly understand the fact they should follow an essay outline, because it will be much easier for them to write this piece of paper. Make it clear to them that every point of the outline should start from a new paragraph. Moreover, the smaller these paragraphs are – the more attractive an essay will look for its readers. It is not very comfortable to read very long paragraphs, as it will be more difficult to get the point in such a way. Eventually, it will be easier for students themselves to compose shorter paragraphs of an essay.

  • Introduction

    Finally, it is time to start writing an essay. And here comes its most important part that is called an introduction. As a rule, students find it very difficult to write this part of their essay, as they do not know how to start a piece of writing in order to attract readers' attention and tell them shortly about what this essay is about.

    It is clear, that an essay will not be good without a proper and attractive beginning, so, your task is to explain this moment to your students. Tell them, that no one will continue reading their essays if they do not make it eye-catchy and clear for a potential reader. Moreover, an essay introduction should be intriguing a bit.

    Depending on the topic of an essay, students can start it with a story from their personal experience. This is a good way to grab an attention. Discuss this option with your students, listen to their suggestions. Discussions will help them learn the material better.

  • Conclusion

    We have already mentioned the outline of an essay, that will help your students write the body of their essay right. Now it is high time for a conclusion, which is not less important than an introduction by the way. It is a real art to finish your writing in a way your reader would feel good and satisfied with everything he has read.

    Tell your students how to conclude their essays appropriately. Explain, that it is not good to abrupt a piece of writing. And do not forget to mention, that a conclusion of their essay should contain a summary if all points they discussed in the body!

    To summarize everything mentioned above, we can say that the importance of essay writing skills should not be underestimated. Such skills will help students express their thoughts clearly and write really good and even professional essays and other kinds of paper work during their further study at colleges or universities. Be sure, they will thank you for teaching such a necessary information to them.

  • This is a guest article by Alex Strike. Alex is a copywriter of Essay-All-Stars.com website and a passionate reader of Stephen King's books.

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