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Elementary writing

1. How is letting students "choose their own topics- what they care about" useful to preservice/inservice teachers in teaching writing?

2. What are the drawbacks for having students choose their own topics in writing?

3. Why is "rereading" strategy useful to preservice/inservice teachers in teaching writing?

4. How "keeping a spelling list" to help students to spell correctly in writing and having students "reread and circle the misspelled words" is useful to preservice/inservice teachers in teaching writing?

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1. Letting students "choose their own topics-what they care about" is a great motivator in teaching writing. Many children are reluctant writers and even some who are proficient writers frequently tell their teachers, "I don't know what to write!", when they are given a writing assignment by them. If children are given opportunities to write about topics that are relevant to their lives, the excitement would be reflected in their work. They would be more likely to be motivated to revise their work and make sure it was well written. This can help to promote fluency in reading and writing and promote the development of written language conventions. In order to let students choose their own topics for writing, they would need to be given an opportunity to think about topics they want to write about. They can be asked questions to guide their thinking such as, "Who is your best ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses teaching elementary school students writing. It discusses the usefulness and drawbacks of teaching elementary school students writing, the rereading strategy as well as keeping a spelling list to help teach teach writing to elementary school students.

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