The Ministry of Education has created a variety of lessons and ideas relating to literacy. The whole series is available online. Their approach looks at reading, writing and oral strategies for developing skills in understanding all types of text.
I love graphic organizers like nothing else. Many students are intimidated by the blank page. It’s amazing how adding some blocks or circles on a page to “fill out” make the work of writing or researching so much more manageable.
Students can be given graphic organizers to help outline “how many” concepts or ideas they should research. Further, an organizer can help ensure they extend their thinking beyond ‘gathering facts’ to ‘evaluate’ or ‘examine’ given teacher-directed language.
I found this AMAZING fill-in .pdf webpage a little while ago. I have gone back to using it again and again. There’s a webpage for so many topics and needs. Teaching students about these resources may help them to remember these as a starting point in their writing or organizing process.
Here is one of my Favourites: The Alphabet Organizer
CBC published a great article on the pros and cons of teaching handwriting, using handwriting in activities versus the importance of technology. Check it out here.
Time Magazine online has this article bemoans the loss of handwriting.
What’s our role, as educators, to keep up this skill? What happens when our students can’t read our CURSIVE writing?