Tips for Teaching with 6 Traits + 1 for Secondary
Teaching Writing in Middle and Secondary Schools by Jim Blasingame and John H. Bushman is a powerful resource for teachers who want to engage students to become writers. The authors assert that young adults learn to read from writing and they learn to write from reading. "Both skills are developed at the same time; each reinforces the other; and, through reading and writing, language is used for communication" (11). To lower the apprehension level with students as they delve into writing, teachers can provide age-appropriate READING material and evaluate and emulate the author's writing. Dr. Blasingame notes that to reduce the apprehension in writing, we should not increase apprehension in reading. Age-appropriate reading materials of interest to the students must be the crux of the writing program.
In Hall and Moats' book
Straight Talk About Reading they indicate six benefits to reading aloud to students:
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