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Teaching Elementary School Students to Be Effective Writers


This practice guide provides four recommendations for improving elementary students' writing. Each recommendation includes implementation steps and solutions for common roadblocks. The recommendations also summarize and rate supporting evidence. This guide is geared toward teachers, literacy coaches, and other educators who want to improve the writing of their elementary students.

The recommendations in this guide cover teaching the writing process, teaching fundamental writing skills, encouraging students to develop essential writing knowledge, and developing a supportive writing environment. All of these practices are aimed at achieving a single goal: enabling students to use writing flexibly and effectively to help them learn and communicate their ideas.

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Recommendation 1: Provide daily time for students to write

Level of evidence: minimal.

Providing adequate time for students to write is one essential element of an effective writing instruction program. However, recent surveys of elementary teachers indicate that students spend little time writing during the school day. Students need dedicated instructional time to learn the skills and strategies necessary to become effective writers, as well as time to practice what they learn. Time for writing practice can help students gain confidence in their writing abilities. As teachers observe the way students write, they can identify difficulties and assist students with learning and applying the writing process.

How to carry out the recommendation

The panel recommends a minimum of one hour a day devoted to writing for students, beginning in 1st grade (For students in kindergarten, at least 30 minutes each day should be devoted to writing and developing writing skills.). The hour should include at least 30 minutes dedicated to teaching a variety of writing strategies, techniques, and skills appropriate to students' levels, as detailed in Recommendations 2, 3, and 4 of this guide. The remaining 30 minutes should be spent on writing practice, where students apply the skills they learned from writing-skills instruction.

Time for writing practice can occur in the context of other content-area instruction. In science, for example, lab reports require detailed procedural writing and clear descriptions of observations. Students also can write imaginary diary entries of people from the time period they are studying in social studies. Additionally, students can write before, during, and/or after reading, to articulate what they already know, what they want to know, and what they learned. When teachers integrate writing tasks with other content-area lessons, students may think more critically about the content-area material. 

Recommendation 2: Teach students to use the writing process for a variety of purposes

Level of evidence: strong.

Writing well involves more than simply documenting ideas as they come to mind. It is a process that requires that the writer think carefully about the purpose for writing, plan what to say, plan how to say it, and understand what the reader needs to know. Instruction should include the components of the writing process: planning, drafting, sharing, evaluating, revising, and editing. An additional component, publishing, may be included to develop and share a final product.

Teach students the writing process

1. teach students strategies for the various components of the writing process.

Students need to acquire specific strategies for each component of the writing process. Students should learn basic strategies, such as POW (Pick ideas, Organize their notes, Write and say more), in 1st or 2nd grade. More complicated strategies, such as peer revising, should be introduced in 2nd grade or later. Many strategies can be used to assist students with more than one component of the writing process. For example, as students plan to write a persuasive essay, they may set goals for their writing, such as providing three or more reasons for their beliefs. Students should then devise a plan for periodically assessing their progress toward meeting these goals as they write. As students evaluate their draft text, they may reread their paper to determine whether they have met the goals they articulated during planning. If not, students may revise their writing to better meet their goals.

2. Gradually release writing responsibility from the teacher to the student

Writing strategies should be taught explicitly and directly through a gradual release of responsibility from teacher to student. Teachers should ensure that students have the background knowledge and skills they need to understand and use a writing strategy. Then, teachers should describe the strategy and model its use. Teachers also should articulate the purpose of the strategy, clearly stating why students might choose to use it as a way of improving their writing. Teachers then should guide students to collaborate in small groups to practice applying the strategy. Once students demonstrate an understanding of the strategy, the teacher should encourage students to practice applying it as they write independently. Teachers should make sure they do not release responsibility to students too early.

3. Guide students to select and use appropriate writing strategies.

When students initially learn to use writing strategies, teachers frequently should discuss when and how to use the strategies throughout the writing process, as well as why the strategies are helpful. Once students learn to use a variety of strategies independently, through the gradual release process, teachers should help them understand how to select appropriate strategies and use them across a range of writing tasks.

To help students select the appropriate writing strategy, teachers might consider posting strategies on a wall chart in the classroom. One column of the chart might include a list of all the strategies, and another column might provide a list of situations in which these strategies could be used. Once students are able to use a strategy effectively and independently, they can identify and add situations to the chart. Students also can identify opportunities to apply strategies in different content areas.

4. Encourage students to be flexible in using components of the writing process

Writing requires flexibility and change. Once students have acquired a set of strategies to carry out the components of the writing process, they need to be purposeful in selecting strategies that help them meet their writing goals. They also need to learn to apply these strategies in a flexible manner, moving back and forth between different components of the writing process as they develop text and think critically about their writing goals. For example, plans and already written text may need to be revised and edited numerous times to communicate more effectively, and writing must be polished to make it suitable for publication.

1. Help students understand the different purposes of writing

Students should understand the purpose of each genre (to describe, to narrate, to inform, or to persuade/analyze) so that they can select the genre best suited to their writing task.

2. Expand students' concept of audience

Writing for different purposes often means writing for different audiences. To help students understand the role of audience in writing, it is important to design writing activities that naturally lend themselves to different audiences. Otherwise, students may view writing in school as writing only for their teacher. When discussing writing purposes, teachers and students can generate a list of potential audiences for a given writing assignment. Students then can choose the audience that best fits their writing topic.

3. Teach students to emulate the features of good writing

Students should be exposed to exemplary texts from a variety of sources, including published or professional texts, books and textbooks, the teacher’s own writing, and peer samples. Exemplary texts can illustrate a number of features, including text structure; use of graphs, charts, and pictures; effective word choice; and varied sentence structure.

4. Teach students techniques for writing effectively for different purposes

Students also must learn to use techniques that are specific to a purpose of writing. When developing a persuasive essay, for example, students can use the TREE (Topic sentence, Reasons—three or more, Ending, Examine) technique, whereby they make a plan for their paper that includes what they believe, reasons to support their beliefs, examples for each reason, and an ending.

Recommendation 3: Teach students to become fluent with handwriting, spelling, sentence construction, typing and word processing

Level of evidence: moderate.

When basic writing skills become relatively effortless for students, they can focus less on these basic writing skills and more on developing and communicating their ideas. However, younger writers must typically devote considerable attention to acquiring and polishing these skills before they become proficient. Spelling skills can affect the words students choose because they may be less likely to use words they cannot spell. Students also need to be able to generate strong, interesting sentences that vary in length and complexity in order to convey their intended meaning and engage readers.

When a student's writing contains spelling mistakes and poor handwriting, it can be difficult for the reader to understand what the student is trying to convey. Word processing programs can make many aspects of the writing process easier for students, including assisting students with spelling and handwriting difficulties to write more fluently.

1. Teach very young writers how to hold a pencil correctly and form letters

Early writing instruction should begin with demonstrations of how to hold a pencil comfortably between the thumb and forefinger, resting on the middle finger. Teachers also should show young writers the most efficient and legible ways to form each letter, regardless of whether print or cursive script is used. Teachers also should show young writers the most efficient and legible ways to form each letter, regardless of whether print or cursive script is used. Because handwriting is a motor skill, it works best to practice in multiple short sessions. Students also should apply their handwriting skills in sentences and in authentic writing activities.

2. Teach students to spell words correctly

A relatively small number of words (850) account for 80 percent of the words elementary- grade students use in their writing. Teachers should help students learn to spell words they commonly use. Although many elementary schools have an explicit spelling curriculum, teachers should connect spelling instruction with writing as much as possible. Students should be encouraged to learn words they frequently misspell, as well as words they wish to include in their writing. Teachers also should help students acquire the skills they need to generate and check plausible spellings for words.

3. Teach students to construct sentences for fluency, meaning and style

Students should learn to write strong sentences that convey their intended meaning and engage readers. Teachers should focus sentence-level instruction on sentence construction, encouraging students to consider the meaning and syntax of the sentences they develop. Teachers also should explicitly demonstrate how sentence construction and sentence mechanics, such as punctuation and capitalization, interact to form strong sentences. Students also need instruction on how to use a variety of sentence structures in their writing.

4. Teach students to type fluently and to use a word processor to compose

Students should be introduced to typing in 1st grade. By 2nd grade, students should begin regular typing practice. By the end of 2nd or 3rd grade, students should be able to type as fast as they can write by hand. Instruction in typing should be accompanied by instruction in how to use a word processor.

Recommendation 4: Create an engaged community of writers

Students need both the skill and the will to develop as writers.97 Teachers should establish a supportive environment in their classroom to foster a community of writers who are motivated to write well. In a supportive writing environment, teachers participate as writers, not simply instructors, to demonstrate the importance of writing. By taking part in writing lessons and activities, teachers convey the message that writing is important, valued, and rewarding.

1. Teachers should participate by writing and sharing their writing

Teachers should model how the ability to write affects their daily lives, demonstrate the importance of writing to communicate, model the perseverance required to create a good piece of writing, and express the satisfaction that can come from creating a meaningful text. For example, a teacher could draft a letter or an email to a friend in front of students, thinking out loud to make the invisible act of composing — which occurs internally for experienced writers — more visible to students.

2. Give students writing choices

Teachers should provide opportunities for student choice in writing assignments — for example, choice in selecting writing topics or the freedom to modify a teacher-selected prompt.One way to foster choice is for students to keep a notebook in which they record topics for writing. Teachers also need to provide instruction and opportunities for students to practice writing to prompts.

3. Encourage students to collaborate as writers

Teachers can encourage students to collaborate throughout the writing process by brainstorming ideas about a topic, responding to drafts in a writing group, or helping peers edit or revise their work. Collaboration also can take the form of collaborative writing, whereby students jointly develop a single text.

4. Provide students with opportunities to give and receive feedback

Students need to know whether their writing is accurately and appropriately conveying its message. One way students can determine this is by sharing their writing and responding to written and verbal feedback from the teacher and their peers. Although teachers should provide feedback to students through teacher-student conferences and rubrics, peers also should be encouraged to participate in the feedback process. Students also need to be taught strategies and appropriate language for written feedback.

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This was a very useful article! I am going through clinical right now, and I can use this information to better understand what is going on in my classroom with my cooperating teacher. This will open up great conversation, and understanding for me.

Supporting students in learning how to communicate their ideas is a powerful tool they can carry with them well after college.

Recommendation two was one area of writing my elementary school focused on. One clear memory was writing for a particular audience. Who are you writing this for, who will be reading this?

I like where it talks about how the teachers should model how the ability to write affects their daily lives. I think it’s important that teachers demonstrate for their students the importance of writing to communicate. In my 4th grade class my teacher would model writing letters and then have us write letters to our families or friends.

I like the point in the beginning about finding time to practice writing throughout each subject taught in the day. An hour of writing seems intimidating at first, but when you think about how much it can be implemented in other lessons, it seems a lot more doable! I also agree that it is so important to take the time and practice writing skills (especially in primary grades) in order to build a strong writing foundation.

All these strategies seem very useful, I think teaching students to use the writing process for a variety of purposes is great way to get students interested in writing and help better their writing skills

I really liked the part about teaching them the reading process and how they can apply it to other things. It’s important for kids to understand the why behind the things they learn, so they understand the importance. Other wise they are just sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher talk.

Giving and receiving feedback is a very important when writing.

I remember in 8th grade we really dove deep into the writing process. My teacher was extremely organized and wanted us to be just as organized as she was. She always had us organize our binders exactly the way she wanted them, and we were graded on it. She gave us some extremely helpful tips put into paper form and onto our binder so if we needed some advice or help we could look at that paper. I still have that binder today and I hope to use it when I start teaching my students about the writing process.

I love the part of teaching kids how to write legibly and how to hold a writing utensil

Excellent information, I think that it is important to give students time to free write everyday!

I agree that it is so important for teachers to share their writing with students and set that example for them.

Some basic concepts such as the spelling of words and holding a pencil correctly are taken for a given at times. However, students do still do this and if they have never been taught properly they don’t know any better. Simple steps suggested above like the two examples I gave are vital they are taught throughout school and us teachers must look out for them. I feel as though these simple tips could have a massive impact on changing a students writing ability around, not only that but boost their confidence.

Great article! Loved the tips that it gives.

Lots of good tips and explicit information.

It may be difficult for many teachers of tackling the elementary students because they are young and restless, however with the aforementioned tips i think it has been useful to read it aloud and hold them in mind to attain some productive outcome. With the emergence of top essay writing services UK many students are being benefited with such services.

We will incorporate more writing into our classrooms by have students write about composers, artists, atheletes, and summaries of books read.

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Great article. Very useful find for my teaching.

Some very useful strategies for young learner. That said, the article continually expands further with some excellent choices: peer writing, constructive sentence writing. There is a stress on time development daily and over time to develop writing confidence and excellence.

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This information on writing in the elementary grades could give courage to all teachers.

I think that writing is the best tool for children to express every feeling and emotion. This way we are able to understand them and guide them towards more knowledge.

Excellent resources to encourage struggling readers

This articles are great sources of information and help me to reflect in teaching.

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Importance of Diary Writing

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Diary writing is meant to be personal. A person maintains a log in which they record information about their life or a circumstance/incident. It’s a way of writing to yourself about your thoughts and emotions.

Although the terms diary and journal are often interchanged, there are some differences between the two, though both may serve somewhat different purposes. A journal is more ambiguous and unstructured in nature while a diary entry is more orderly in format and has a particular structure to it.

Keeping a diary or journal may be archaic, but it is something that many noteworthy people have done in the past, including a number of well-known authors. Diary entries have also featured in literature for a great many years through prominent diary-keepers such as Anne Frank.

Good for mental health

There are some advantages of keeping a diary. These benefits include improved emotional health and the ability to resolve traumatic experiences as a result of having a safe environment to convey your emotions. It is thought that this is because diary writing helps you to safely process your memories and revisit specific situations in a less distracting manner.

Writing your personal narrative tends to play a role in this, and it appears that focusing on both thoughts and emotions, rather than just feelings, is significant. A diary can then be used to keep track of your views and opinions across years, which can be extremely advantageous in terms of personal growth.

A diary is a safe way to talk about issues that have irritated or frustrated you, but it is still helpful to keep track of the good things in life. There is a good chance that you might forget a lot of it, hence, a positive diary will be a gateway to positive emotions at any point in time instead of dragging the reader down every time they decide to look back. This can inspire one to write in a more casual manner.

Along with this, it allows sharing information about one’s emotions and deepest thoughts. If one wants to reap the full rewards of writing things down, one must do so.

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Helps improve writing

It would indeed be easier to establish a writing habit if one writes often. One does not have to set aside a lot of time if one decides to do so on a daily basis. You might find it easier to establish a daily time slot, such as right before bedtime. This will make it easier to find the time to develop a writing routine.

Practicing is the most effective way to improve at something. When you keep a diary, it will help you concentrate on your writing without thinking about your readers or what others might say. Doing so on a daily basis will help you develop your thought process.

Diary writing, with its structure, helps in giving raw thoughts and feeling some order, which is extremely beneficial for being a successful writer. That said, it does not matter if you skip a couple of days here and there, or if you don’t feel like writing about what occurred on that particular day. Just make sure you don’t get too far outside the routine, and if you do, get back into it as soon as possible.

Helps in remembering events and activities

This is significant for a variety of reasons. For example, you can be asked during a job interview to explain occasions when you have shown a talent or performed very well. A diary or log will help you keep track of your accomplishments and provide you with instances for career applications. It may also serve as a means of reflecting on your past encounters and gaining knowledge for the future.

Writing about and reflecting on positive experiences will also help you feel better about yourself. Not only this, diary entries document one’s life as it moves forward and becomes valuable as it grows old.

A diary maintained on paper could come off as old-fashioned, but it is also totally private, as you can keep it under wraps. Writing will also help you practice organising your ideas in advance, which could come in handy in a lot of situations.

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851 Words Essay on the Advantages of Keeping a Diary

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A diary is a book kept to record daily events or a person’s thoughts and Impressions. A diary can be a useful aid to memory. If a person is in the habit of forgetting his appointments, or something that he is supposed to get or do, there is nothing better than to jot these down in his diary and his memory will be aided when the time comes for him to use it. A pocket diary is the most convenient to carry about everywhere.

A diary gives us an intimate glimpse of the writer, his feelings and the workings of his mind. A diary may even be a sort of historical record if the writer has noted down events of national importance. Such, for instance was the diary of Samuel Pepys, a writer who lived in the second half of the seventeenth century. His famous diary gives us a picture of contemporary events like the coronation of the king, the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London. It is of great interest and importance to students of English literature and history.

During the Second World War a diary kept by a little Jewish girl became famous. It is called “The Diary of Anne Frank,” and was later published in the form of a book. It is a historical record of sufferings endured by the Jewish people who had to go into hiding on account of the persecution by Hitler and his Nazis. The cruelty with which they were treated in the concentration camps and the misery and pathos of their lives is aptly reflected in this diary. This diary is therefore an important document, showing us the inhumanity of the Germans and the deplorable lot of the Jews in Europe during the Second World War.

Apart from these extraordinary diaries, keeping an ordinary diary has its own advantages. A diary can be of great assistance to a busy man who has a number of engagements to keep every day. How can he remember at what time precisely he has given someone an appointment unless he refers to his diary? His diary is an indispensable companion and friend. Suppose someone seeks an appointment or interview with a great man. All his secretary has to do is to refer to his personal diary to find out on which day it will be convenient for him to grant an interview.

A diary is helpful in maintaining friendships and keeping up successful domestic relations. All important dates such as birthdays of friends or their wedding anniversaries can be noted down in a diary. This ensures our never neglecting our friends, for the diary will remind us that we have to send them greetings and good wishes on important occasions. A man should also make a note of the date of his wedding anniversary and the birthdays of his wife and children. Then they will never have cause to complain that he is neglecting his family. This is how a diary can be a powerful aid to maintaining successful public and private relations.

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The importance of essay writing skills for students` educational achievements

We are constantly told, “Study well, and you will have a bright future.” The importance of education has long been following us. At our unconscious age, we go to kindergarten. As we grow, we attend elementary, primary, secondary, and high school. Finally, we decide to enroll in a college or university course. We choose to study branches we find exciting and promising write an essay for me in the future.

And, regardless of what our major is, we want to achieve impressive academic goals. Of course, doing that isn’t effortless. Paper writing services for students isn’t enough to attend classes and complete readings, discussing them with colleagues or instructors.

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            Essay writing is imperative for student’s development. And although learners are always snowed under with writing assignments and look for any way possible to leave off such a burden of their shoulders–often by turning to academic services and asking, “ write my essays for me ” – they still don’t fully realize how beneficial essay writing is. Here is the list of reasons explaining why good essay writing skills are essential and how they can enhance your academic accomplishments.

Promotes critical thinking

            Critical thinking helps maintain discussions and evaluate how biased (or unbiased) a particular source is. Every academic essay requires delving into a topic, researching an area, and finding many sources to rely on. Sometimes, such sources can look fine, but in reality, they are not.

Thanks to good critical thinking skills, you can determine a source’s credibility and decide whether or not to include it in your work. Consistent essay writing promotes your critical thinking , making it sharp and effective. This can help you with numerous other tasks and activities, such as presentations, debates, speeches, tests, and more.

Improves logic and coherence

            School requires being accurate. Structured answers are essential, as they make your stance clearer. Digressing and moving from one thought to another will do you no good. Essay writing doesn’t support this, either. Each and every paper must follow a structure.

A writer should introduce the topic to the reader, provide arguments and supporting details, and summarize the most crucial information on a subject. Therefore, good essay writing abilities develop your sense of coherence and help you build any conversation, paper , or discussion clearly and concisely.

Enhances decision-making skills

            Students often have to make decisions as to what to include in a paper when writing it. Interestingly, learners report this practice to boost their decision-making skills in college and thus help them improve their academic performance. Essay writing is helpful because it helps analyze a set of points and decide on the most relevant ones.

When you work on a paper, you have to think two steps ahead , i.e., before delving into writing, you should envisage what arguments you will provide, what sources you will attach, and how you will wrap it all up. You also build an outline to help you follow the course and not deviate from it.

Accelerates typing

            Let’s be honest. When you are a student, you don’t want to spend too much time on your homework. No matter how skillful you are, it is nearly impossible to focus on a task when your friends call and ask you to come by. Needless to say that in no condition can you skip the assignments. After all, you are pursuing substantial educational achievements.

By practicing writing essays, you improve your typing skills. And as we can all agree on, writing tends to be prevalent in academia. By drilling and enhancing your writing abilities, you cover more tasks within shorter time frames. And it doesn’t lead to a lower quality of content. Faster typing makes you more flexible, free, and happier. And this results in better educational achievements. However, if it is not enough, you can turn to a professional  essay writing service  to gain more guidelines.

Speeds up thinking

            Attending classes, you always need to maintain the work of your brain. Otherwise, you risk scoring a mediocre grade or even failing the course. Essay writing per se may not be a magic stick that accelerates your thinking. It is rather a perfect stimulus that nudges you to flex your brain muscles, think quickly, and come up with thought-provoking ideas.

Students often procrastinate and start working on their essays when the deadline is almost over. Doing that habitually, they advance the ability to develop splendid concepts quickly. Also, they become more stress-resistant and can produce worthwhile ideas in stressful situations, like exams.

Diversifies creativity

            Since students have to attend numerous classes, they should be ready to generate fantastic ideas every day. Class activity often determines whether a student qualifies to get a high grade. Of course, being an idea generator and spawning plenty of concepts is unrealistic. Yet, by writing essays, students declared the process of brainstorming ideas has become much more manageable.

As a result of systemic essay writing, learners have started producing more valuable ideas, spending less time. This also led to improving their academic performance and increasing their average grade.

Makes you more publishable

            Many students decide to dive deep into research or continue their academic path, becoming Ph.D. or even professors. Such positions often require publishing articles on various topics. But however knowledgeable you might be, the chances are publishing houses won’t want to publish your work if you lack writing skills.

Drilling your writing right now, you invest in your future academic recognition. Being highly publishable gives you lots of credit, allowing you to publish your works in the most reputable journals and websites.

Perfects reading and comprehension

            Writing and reading always go hand in hand. So if you lack one, don’t expect to be pro in another. Essay writing relies on researching and reading various literature. Outstanding writing skills help you read any piece and understand it. You will no longer spend lots of time reading a source, asking yourself afterward, “What have I just read?”

            Essay writing might appear as nothing but a simple task. Although this assignment is common, you can’t underestimate its benefits. Essay writing helps students think critically and quickly, provide logical and cohesive content, read carefully, and many more. That’s why it is crucial to polish your writing skills to achieve your educational goals.

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Importance Of Technical Writing To Students (Essay Sample) 2023

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Technical writing is a way of writing that deals with certain specific knowledge and especially in the sector of science and technology. This kind of writing is different from the usual creative writing since it follows very different guidelines and principles. The rules of technical writing are rarely ignored as compared to other types of writing which sometimes fall short of implementing various stipulated guidelines. Technical writing is widely used in media, manuals, dissertations, scientific articles and research and other areas. All these areas have specific rules to observe when writing. It is, therefore, not enough for a writer simply to know the subject but rather should be equipped with the relevant knowledge applied in that specific field.

Technical writing has many significant benefits to students. Technical writing helps students in the field of science be able to impart their ideas to persuade people who may be interested in the subject. The modern world is very competitive with the rise of many scientists developing new ideas to solve varied problems. An individual may be a brilliant scientist or engineer with all the ideas in the head. However, lack of technical skills of writing can be a big barrier when there is a need to share with other people of interest.

Most scientists are involved in doing the job while others sell the products or ideas. Most departments in one company may be striving hard to achieve same goals but duties are shared among all the employees. In such situations, the scientists themselves do not get the opportunity of proving their ideas and perhaps sell them to the public. Such duties might be allocated to the marketing department with individuals having less knowledge of the whole process of product development. The technologist will survive well in the competitive market by possessing technical writing skills. Such skills will enable the scientist to communicate their ideas to the outside world without necessarily being present to explain by word of mouth.

Besides, technical writing skills can be of great help in scientific projects, preparation of laboratory reports, giving instructions and drawing diagrams. Taking time to study the skills in technical writing helps to perfect the communication and explaining of concepts in different scientific projects. Scientists having the ability to write about what they develop also enhances their own clear comprehension of the subject under research because it demands extensive reading.

Some scientific areas such as electrical engineering require very detailed instructions which should also be understood by the people involved. Understanding and appropriate use of instructions in some fields such as electrical engineering and medicine play a significant role in preventing potential accidents that can be a threat to life. Taking of technical writing courses assist students to develop the skills of giving clear instructions, explaining the purpose and outcomes of the different project. A student is likely to write very good technical documents and create a conducive working environment by acquiring the technical writing skills.

A student is likely to have a bad experience with technical writing since it demands a lot of research and generally bigger work load as compared to creative writing. Skills of technical writing should, therefore, be introduced to students early enough for easy grasping on how to apply them. Every student who has a dream of being an excellent scientist has a bigger obligation of grasping relevant concepts of technical writing before it becomes a burden. Tutors can also motivate the students to carry out enough practice in the area of technical writing before embarking on the respective field of study.

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Why Academic Writing Is Important To A University Student?

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Academic writing serves as a tool of communication that conveys acquired knowledge in a specific field of study . Writing academically will help students analyse, convey understanding, think critically and focus on technique and style.

What is academic writing and its importance?

Academic writing is clear, concise, focussed, structured and backed up by evidence. Its purpose is to aid the reader’s understanding . It has a formal tone and style, but it is not complex and does not require the use of long sentences and complicated vocabulary.

What are the benefits of academic writing to the students?

Advantages of Academic Writing Explained

What is the most important in academic writing?

Analytical thinking You become a critical thinker when you engage in academic writing. You take information and communicate it in a way that makes sense to the audience. The research will provide you with the information you need to write a paper.

How can academic writing help you in the future?

It stimulates intellectual development . In order to produce any research work, you have to make the intellectual effort. Human brain generates new knowledge only in the process of analytical thinking. So, each time a student resolves research problem, he develops his brain and sense of logic.

What are the 3 purposes of academic writing?

The most common purposes in academic writing are to persuade, analyze/synthesize, and inform .

What is the importance of writing in your personal and professional life?

Writing expresses who we are, even after our life time. It makes our knowledge, our personal aspirations and our work for the future visible to others . Writing is the means to explain our ideas to ourselves and to others while preserving our personal experiences and our memories. No one else can do it for you.

What are some benefits of writing?

Writing might be beneficial to cognitive skills because it re- quires focusing of attention, planning and forethought, organization of one’s thinking, and reflective thought, among other abilities – thereby sharpening these skills through practice and reinforcement.

Why is academic reading important?

Since many college reading assignments (especially journal articles) are written in a similar style, you’ll gain experience studying their strategies and learning to emulate them. Exposure to different viewpoints: One purpose of assigned academic readings is to give students exposure to different viewpoints and ideas .

Why academic English is important?

Academic English is important to college and university in academic writing course (Jet Writers Essay Writing Contest 2015). It is required students to reading, speaking and listening, while employing evaluating and sharpen their research and writing skills for college and university environment .

Where is academic writing used?

Academic writing is a formal style of writing used in universities and scholarly publications . You’ll encounter it in journal articles and books on academic topics, and you’ll be expected to write your essays, research papers, and dissertation in academic style.

What I learned in academic writing?

Answer: Academic writing allows an individual to think in an analytical way . It involves collecting and analysing information than communicating it in a manner that makes sense to the reader. The ability to analyze and report accurately is a skill which once learned, stays with you forever.

Why is purpose important in writing?

Focusing on your purpose as you begin writing helps you know what form to choose, how to focus and organize your writing, what kinds of evidence to cite, how formal or informal your style should be, and how much you should write.

What is the main purpose of writing?

There are many purposes to writing. The most popular are to inform, to entertain, to explain, or to persuade . However, there are many more including to express feelings, explore an idea, evaluate, mediate, problem solve, or argue for or against an idea. Writers often combine purposes in a single piece of writing.

How does writing impact your life?

Writing activates a number of different cognitive processes, and unleashes your creativity . All of this will keep your brain sharp and active, and it can even act as a preventative measure against some mental illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia.

How valuable is academic writing skills in todays world?

Why is reading and writing important for students.

Improved Communication Skills The more you read and write, the more you broaden your vocabulary and are able to articulate concepts accurately and more effectively to others. Increasing your ability to communicate also helps make you a better worker or student.

How important do you think academic literacy is for student success in higher education?

Through positive experiences with academic literacy, people do not only learn to improve their writing and other critical skills, but they also apply this toward learning about themselves and becoming a more confident person in everything they do.

Why academic writing should be critical and evidence based?

Academic writing requires criticality; it’s not enough to just describe or summarise evidence, you also need to analyse and evaluate information and use it to build your own arguments. This is where you show your own thoughts based on the evidence available, so critical writing is really important for higher grades .

How can I improve my academic writing?

Nine Basic Ways to Improve Your Style in Academic Writing

What requires in academic writing?

Academic writing requires well-informed arguments . Statements must be supported by evidence, whether from scholarly sources (as in a research paper), results of a study or experiment, or quotations from a primary text (as in a literary analysis essay). The use of evidence gives credibility to an argument.

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Why Students Should Write in All Subjects

Writing improves learning by consolidating information in long-term memory, researchers explain. Plus, five engaging writing activities to use in all subjects.

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For Kyle Pahigian, a 10th-grade math teacher at University Park Campus School in Massachusetts, a lesson on congruent triangles doesn’t start with calculators and protractors. Instead, she hands her students a treasure map and asks them to write detailed directions—using landmarks as a guide—to the buried treasure.

“I won’t tell the kids right away, ‘Today we’re going to learn about triangle congruence theorems,’” said Pahigian. “I want them to instead view it as them experimenting with something and doing something that they feel like they’re really good at.” Students often feel intimidated by math, and transforming the activity into a writing exercise eases some of the anxiety of introducing difficult concepts, she said.

In Pahigian’s math class, writing is regularly used as a learning strategy, one that gives her a window into her students’ thinking. “I like to do low-stakes writing when we’re coming up with definitions,” said Pahigian. Instead of telling her students what a polygon is, for example, she’ll show them a set of polygons and a set of non-polygons, and ask them, “What do you notice? What differences do you see?” Students spend a few minutes writing down their answers, and then join groups to compare responses.

“It’s really interesting and fun for me to read what they’ve written, because I can see all the questions. I can see the process,” said Pahigian.

A recent study sheds light on why writing is such a beneficial activity—not just in subjects typically associated with writing, like history and English, but across all subjects. Professor Steve Graham and his colleagues at Arizona State University’s Teachers College analyzed 56 studies looking at the benefits of writing in science, social studies, and math and found that writing “reliably enhanced learning” across all grade levels. While teachers commonly ask students to write about a topic in order to assess how well they understand the material, the process of writing also improves a student’s ability to recall information, make connections between different concepts, and synthesize information in new ways. In effect, writing isn’t just a tool to assess learning, it also promotes it.

Strengthening Memories

Why is writing effective? “Writing about content material facilitates learning by consolidating information in long-term memory,” explain Graham and his colleagues, describing a process known as the retrieval effect . As previous research has shown , information is quickly forgotten if it’s not reinforced, and writing helps to strengthen a student’s memories of the material they’re learning.

It’s the same cognitive mechanism that explains why practice tests are effective : In a 2014 study, students who took low-stakes practice tests in science and history classes scored 16 percentage points higher on their final exams than students who simply studied the material. “Practicing retrieval of recently studied information enhances the likelihood of the learner retrieving that information in the future,” the researchers of the 2014 study said.

Writing about a topic also encourages students to process information at a deeper level. Answering multiple-choice or short-answer questions may help with factual recall, but putting thoughts on paper encourages students to evaluate different ideas, weighing the importance of each one and considering the order they should be presented in, Graham and his colleagues write. By doing so, students may make new connections between ideas, ones they may not have made when initially learning the information.

A Metacognitive Tool

Students often believe that they understand a topic, but if they’re asked to write it down—and explain it—gaps in their understanding may be revealed. One of the most effective writing strategies that Graham and his colleagues found was metacognitive prompting, in which students are asked not only to recall information but also to apply what they’ve learned to different contexts by thinking about multiple sides of a position or making predictions based on what they currently know. For example, instead of simply reading about ecosystems in a textbook, students can write about their own impact by examining how much trash their household produces or the environmental impact of producing the food they eat.

5 Writing Strategies to Use in Any Subject

Here are a variety of ideas teachers have shared with Edutopia in recent years on incorporating writing into a variety of subjects.

“I wonder” journals: At Crellin Elementary School in Oakland, Maryland, teachers encouraged students to ask “I wonder” questions to push their learning beyond the classroom. After visiting a local barn and garden, for example, Dave Miller realized his fifth-grade students had more questions about animals and plants than he had time to answer, so he had them write down anything they were confused or curious about, which helped him plan future lessons and experiments.

“If they don’t wonder, ‘How would we ever survive on the moon?’ then that’s never going to be explored,” said Dana McCauley, Crellin’s principal. “But that doesn’t mean they should stop wondering, because wonderings lead to thinking outside the box, which makes them critical thinkers. As they try to figure it out, and reflect on what they’re doing, that’s where it all ties together for them. That’s where all that learning occurs—where all the connections start being made.”

Travel journals: Every student at Normal Park Museum Magnet, a K–8 school in Chattanooga, Tennessee, created a travel journal to chart their learning. These journals included not only charts, drawings, and graphic organizers, but also writing and reflection pieces that capture students’ learning about a topic.

When fifth-grade teacher Denver Huffstutler began a unit on earth science, he asked his students to imagine they were explorers looking for a new world that could sustain life. In their travel journal, they kept track of everything they were learning, from the impact of man-made disasters to their designs and calculations for a manned rocket that could reach distant planets.

Low-stakes writing: Writing can be daunting, so teachers at University Park Campus School used daily low-stakes writing activities to foster student voice, self-confidence, and critical thinking skills—a school-wide strategy used in every subject.

“The most important thing about it for me is that it’s not censored, and it’s not too highly structured,” said seventh-grade science teacher James Kobialka. “It’s about them getting their own ideas down, and then being able to interact with those ideas, change them, and revise them if they’re not correct.”

For example, when Kobialka’s students were learning about the conservation of mass, he didn’t start by defining it—he showed them a picture and asked, “What do you notice about the atoms on both sides? How can you explain that?” Students wrote down their observations, and the entire class came up with a definition. “From there,” he said, “once that consensus is formed, I’ll ask somebody to write it on the board, and we’ll talk about the key concepts.”

Student-created magazines: In Alessandra King’s algebra class, students created a magazine with dozens of articles about real world applications of math. For each article, they selected a primary source—an article from Scientific American , for example—read it closely, and then wrote a summary. Students wrote about a range of topics, from gerrymandering to fractals in Jackson Pollock’s paintings to invisibility cloaks.

“Effective writing clarifies and organizes a student’s thoughts, and the slow pace of writing is conducive to student learning because it allows them to reason carefully to make sure they’re correct before they state their thoughts,” King wrote. “Studies have shown that writing is valuable specifically for the math classroom—for example, it seems that a student’s ability to explain concepts in writing is related to the ability to comprehend and apply them.”

Creative writing: Former teachers Ed Kang and Amy Schwartzbach-Kang incorporated storytelling and creative writing into their after-school program’s science lessons. For example, they asked students to imagine a creature that could survive in a local habitat —the Chicago River, in their case. What color would it be? What features would help it to survive and defend itself? How would it hunt its prey? Students then wrote a story about their creature that combined science concepts with creative storytelling.

“There’s brain science to support using stories to help kids engage with content and create personal meaning,” explained Kang, who has a Ph.D. in neuroscience. “Listening to facts mainly stimulates the two language-processing areas of the brain. However, when we listen to a story, additional parts of the brain are also activated—regions involved with our senses and motor movements help listeners actually ‘feel’ the descriptions.”

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This initiative was announced in October 2021 as part of a $1 million commitment from an anonymous donor in honor of their mother, a lifelong educator, in order to allow more Southwestern students to benefit from high impact experiences as outlined in the Tactical Plan.

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Peer Review

Benefits of peer review, how does devoting class time to peer review help student writing.

Cho, Kwangsu, Christian D. Schunn, and Davida Charney. “Commenting on Writing: Typology and Perceived Helpfulness of Comments from Novice Peer Reviewers and Subject Matter Experts.”  Written Communication  23.3 (2006): 260-294.

Graff, Nelson. “Approaching Authentic Peer Review.”  The English Journal  95.5 (2009): 81-89.

Nilson, Linda B. “Improving Student Peer Feedback.”  College Teaching  51.1 (2003): 34-38.

“Using Peer Review to Help Students Improve Writing.”    The Teaching Center .  Washington University in St. Louis. n.d. Web. 1 June 2014.

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Journal Writing Examples + 10 Bonus Prompts

Journal Writing Examples and Activities—

Journaling is one of the most effective and engaging ways for teachers to help students develop a true love of writing. While many writing activities will help students become stronger writers, journaling offers room for creativity and self-expression that formats like research papers and reports simply can’t compete with.

Journal Writing Ideas and Activities for Kids

As a result, students who keep regular journals tend to be more in tune with their feelings, more comfortable expressing their opinions, and more skilled in forming logical, coherent arguments in their writing. From daily writing prompts to gratitude journals, there are tons of creative ways to use journaling in your classroom. In this guide, you’ll find a variety of journal writing examples and activities you can use to introduce your students to this powerful practice—as well as a list of prompts they can use to kick-start their creativity!

One of our favorite things about journaling is how easily it can be personalized to suit each student’s individual experience. Some students will undoubtedly prefer to keep traditional journals that are effectively records of their days, while others will prefer a themed or guided journal that focuses on a particular topic or type of writing.

Journal Writing Examples to Help Students Begin

Here are some journal writing examples your students may enjoy:

Oh yeah. Now, have the students in your classroom grab their notebook and pens and get to journaling now.

Journal Writing Activities to Engage Your Class

The journal writing examples listed above are great tools to use throughout the year, but sometimes you also just need a quick activity to mix things up for the day! That’s where these special journal writing activities come in. Use these activities in your class to engage your students in writing and to help them reflect on what they’ve learned thus far: 1. Journal Prompts Many teachers encourage their students to keep daily journals that focus on what they’re learning or what they’ve been up to lately, but some students will always have an easier time writing when they are given a prompt. Journal writing prompts can focus on a wide range of topics and can be tailored to meet the interests of your students or current events happening around your school and community. Use journal prompts to get students who aren’t used to writing accustomed to regularly expressing their thoughts and ideas on paper. (Scroll down for a list of prompts your class can use to get started!) 2. Stories, Poems , and Songs Though journal prompts are a great way to help students begin writing, some kids are looking for a greater challenge or a new source of inspiration. For students who aren’t interested in sitting down and writing about their thoughts on a particular subject, encourage them to instead keep a journal of short stories, poems, or songs. Alternative forms of writing present students with a brand new means of expressing their ideas and their creativity. 3. Community Journals Another great way to get your class excited about the power of journaling is to put together a community journal. Set aside 15-30 minutes each day for your class to work on the community journal together. Record anything you like—from what you all learned together that day to funny things that happened to various students and teachers. Each Friday, go through the journal together and encourage students to share their favorite moments or reflections from the week. 4. Revisit Old Journal Entries Once your students have been writing for a while, take a day to have them turn back to the beginning of their journals and read their old writing. Revisiting old journal entries allows students to see how far they’ve come—in the quality of their writing, the types of subjects they explore, and how they’ve grown personally over the past few months. As they read their old writing, students will come to understand what a valuable purpose journals can serve in their lives.

Journal Prompts to Give Creativity a Boost

Though there are all sorts of journal writing examples and activities we love, guided journal prompts will always be our favorite! Use this list of writing prompts for students of all ages to kick-start your students’ creativity.

Kids Journal Prompts and Activities

Journal Writing Example Resources

One of the benefits of journaling is helping students develop a love of writing. The process of journal writing is deeply therapeutic and, most importantly, fun! From elementary to high school, we have prompts to inspire all students and encourage a regular journaling practice. You find loads of new ideas that will help make journal writing a part of their daily life!

Until next time, journal on…

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Benefits of Journal Writing

In this article we look to show how students can benefit from journal writing by discussing the five benefits it brings to students both inside and outside the classroom. 

Five Benefits of Journal Writing

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Journal writing may seem to become a lost art in schools as technology seems to require less of a pen-to-paper approach to expressing thoughts, emotions, and ideas.

However, it cannot be said that journal writing is seen as a time gone by, as this article attempts to bring back this art to the lives of students with all its benefits.

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Journal writing may be seen as a way to help students improve their study habits as well. It helps with time management and organization. These are two key ingredients for any recipe for learning.

What is a Journal?

A journal is a record  of a person’s personal information. A journal is often referred to as a diary.

However,  a diary is often seen as a private collection of information to share with no one, and journals while personal, may often times be read in front of others, such as teachers and family, because the author looks to share the information.

In this article we look at the different ways journal writing benefits students while at the same time building the best approach for learning.

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Journal writing comes with many benefits not only to the student themselves but to their learning as well. 

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When students have an appropriate outlet for putting their thoughts, emotions, hopes, and dreams for the present or the future down on paper, it gives them a sense of freedom that helps them to understand more of who they are now and who they would like to be in the future.

We now look at five benefits journal writing can bring to students both inside and outside the classroom.

I. Improves Mental Health

Being able to hold a book in your hand brings our sense of touch into our mind. The sense of touch is important as it connects with mental health.

Just as holding an e-book doesn’t give the same sense of feeling as holding a book when you read, typing on the keyboard just doesn’t give the same sense of emotions as writing something down on paper does. 

That is why, not matter how wonderful and easy technology makes our lives, there are just something things that need to rely more on our human senses to keep our mental health and well-being alive and in good health.

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Our senses play an important role when it comes to mental health. In holding a pen to paper, our sense of touch comes  alive and so does our sense of sight when we write. 

In writing about things we love and care about, we bring happiness into our mind. Students may believe more in their own happiness if they give themselves time to connect their emotions through the use of their senses to write things down.

In writing down their own personal thoughts for the future, they may be inspired to direct some of that energy into organizing and managing their time to achieve their personal goals.

II. Helps With Achieving Goals

In making the transition to online learning during the COVID pandemic year of 2020, many students found they were struggling with meeting their academic goals. 

Journal writing may be seen as an outlet for keeping track of personal goals, while also giving yourself some personal words of encouragement. 

Seeing a personal goal or a “to-do” list written down on paper may motivate you more to accomplish that goal or to get that list done!

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Journals are a great tool to have when organizing your study plans, managing your study time, or writing down goals for the future. 

What makes a journal different than an agenda then?

In a journal you can give yourself feedback on how things went!  Giving feedback on events that happened is a good way to build memory skills.

Journal writing connects emotions to words, and certain words can also help with memory retention.

So yes, keep reading.

III. Improves Memory Skills

This really shouldn’t come as a surprise since the events we often remember the most are closely connected to our emotions. 

Writing about important events allows us to remember important details that we may be excited to share with others, such as birthdays, holidays, weddings, or the birth of a child or sibling. 

Remembering important details is an essential part of learning. Often times students who are able to remember details about events are able to write them down  in a way as to keep others excited to hear about what the have to say

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So in improving their memory skills students will also improve on their written and oral communication skills. 

With improved communication skills that can only mean that their level of creativity in journal writing can only continue to inspire and impress themselves and those around them!

IV. Inspires Creativity

Creativity in journal writing comes in all different ways one can express themselves. 

You can choose a journal to record a special event or time in your life,  or you could use a travel journal to record that trip you plan to take in the coming year! 

Or you could just use a journal with a no specific reason other than you – and who is more important than you?

Journal writing is meant to give a person freedoom over their thoughts, emotions, and ideas and so there isn’t one way to keep a journal!

If you like using your journal to write down ideas, write them down so you don’t forget! If you are more of a visual person, why not include drawings in your journal as your own form of expression.

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But why does journal writing seem more closely connected to something girls would do, rather than boys?

While it is true that girls tend to enjoy communicating more when it comes to writing things down, boys can be just as creative in expressing their own ideas, thoughts, and emotions. Boys may prefer to draw instead of write and so they should be encouraged to journal write in their own way.

In building our creativity in all that we do we are benefiting our learning skills as you see through creativity we come to building the skills that help out most in life – which is our critical thinking skills.

V. Improves Critical Thinking Skills

Creativity leads to reducing anxiety and improves problem solving skills as part of critical thinking skills. 

Journal writing in schools gives boys and girls unique opportunities to show teachers and their fellow classmates a look into their own thoughts, experiences, and ideas. 

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When students share their journal writings in class and are allowed to ask questions about each others writings, this allows for deeper conversations and new learning to take place! 

In being allowed the freedom to approach their journal writing in their own style, students feel more confident in approaching other subjects in their own unique way as well  which allows for building and improving on their critical thinking skills.

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Final Thoughts...

Journal writing benefits students because it allows them the opportunity to express themselves in ways that may help them overcome stress or anxiety they may feel in school.

Inside the classroom it benefits students because of the opportunity they have to share what they wrote with their teachers and fellow classmates. 

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Outside the classroom it benefits them because of the time it gives them to reflect on their own thoughts, feelings, and emotions. 

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and found it useful for believing in journal writing again, and how beneficial it can be for anyone who perfers to call themselves a student of learning. 

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‘Writing Directly Benefits Students’ Reading Skills’

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(This is the first post in a two-part series)

The new question-of-the-week is:

In what ways can writing support reading instruction?

All of us obviously want to help our students become better writers. But are there ways we can “double-dip,” too—in other words, help them improve their writing AND also use writing instruction to improve reading skills?

We’ll explore that question today with Tony Zani, Mary Tedrow, Mary Beth Nicklaus, Colleen Cruz, and Pam Allyn. You can listen to a 10-minute conversation I had with Tony, Mary, and Mary Beth on my BAM! Radio Show . You can also find a list of, and links to, previous shows here.

Giving kids the ‘write stuff’ makes them better readers

Tony Zani is a literacy coach in the Salt Lake City school district. He has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in instructional leadership. Tony is a national-board-certified teacher with a specialization in early-childhood education:

Writing is often the overlooked content area. After the National Reading Panel left it out and No Child Left Behind focused on reading achievement, there seemed to be a decline in teaching writing. After the Common Core State Standards came out, there was an increase in writing instruction. But, if your state is like mine, writing is only tested in a few grades. So, guess what? Those are the grades when writing is taught like crazy. In other grades, it often becomes a nice thing “if there’s time.” There’s rarely time.

This mentality is prevalent because every level of the education system focuses on making sure students do well on end-of-year, high-stakes assessments. Jobs are at stake. Money from the government is at stake. Heaven forbid your school does so poorly that an outside group comes in to help you “turnaround.”

Never fear, though. Writing directly benefits students’ reading skills. For example, if you have students write about what they’ve read or learned (for nearly any content or age), you’ll dramatically improve reading comprehension. Students are often forced to reread and think more deeply about what they’ve read. When students have to consider a controversial question and use texts they’ve read to defend their point of view, reading comprehension is off the charts. In our school, we’ve emphasized writing about what we read. It took about two years for most teachers, and students, to really embrace the concept. It was about that time that our end-of-year reading scores had a huge jump. Our highly impacted Title I school made enormous growth just because students were better at thinking about what they read.

Writing also improves students’ reading fluency. When students have to stop and think about what spelling patterns to use when they write, they are making a deeper connection in their brains about sound and spelling patterns. This deeper connection makes it easier, and faster, for students to recall those same patterns when they read. Written language is literally a secret code that someone made up to represent spoken sounds. The more students think about and practice the code in written form, the better they will be at understanding the same code in writing. Again, in our high-needs school, we saw students’ scores on tests like DIBELS and our end-of-level test rise dramatically. Fluent readers more deeply understand that code.

Writing also improves reading comprehension as students get better at formatting their writing. When students write argumentative essays, they learn how authors often lay out their arguments and evidence. This, in turn, gives students a framework for reading others’ argumentative writing. Having a framework in your mind helps you fill in the blanks and improves comprehension. When students write narrative pieces, they develop an understanding of how authors typically lay out character development, setting, plot, problems, turning points, and resolutions. Again, students have a framework to build upon when they read others’ narrative texts. In a bit of irony, our school focused on writing informative and argumentative pieces—those are emphasized in the common core, right? Our students had very high scores when reading informational texts. However, students scored lower when reading literature. Reading literature was a strength for most other schools. Writing in all genres is important. Don’t lose that balance!

Writing is a critical communication skill. Universities and employers frequently complain that writing is an underdeveloped skill. It’s no wonder, when we have an education system that often relegates writing to the land of “I wish we had time” and “That’s not on the test.” What a tragedy. Teaching students to be effective writers is important by itself. However, writing also provides big gains in reading comprehension and reading fluency.

‘Reading is the inhale; writing is the exhale’

Mary K. Tedrow, an award-winning high school English teacher, now serves as the director of the Shenandoah Valley Writing Project. Her book, Write, Think, Learn: Tapping the Power of Daily Student Writing Across the Content Area is available through Routledge:

Writing and reading are intricately intertwined. One is the inverse of the other: Reading is the inhale; writing is the exhale. They depend on each other, and when we find time to practice both, the students are the winners.

In the earliest readers, writing is a natural way to ingest and experiment with a growing knowledge of letters and their function in symbolizing the sounds we speak. Encouraging students to write, even before they know all the rules, builds a deeper understanding of how reading works. In kindergarten, the inventive spelling students employ to compose early writings allows children to represent on the page what they are hearing in the world. Children more clearly understand the letter/sound relationship as they compose thoughts and stories in writing. Recent research has revealed that students who are given latitude to use inventive spelling become better readers (Oulette & Senechall, 2017).

But the interplay between writing and reading goes well beyond just learning to read. When students are asked to write for their own purposes, they intuitively understand the choices authors make as they create a work that moves a reader.

Teachers who have students writing authentically—that is, the way real writers write—can interrupt the process and teach craft lessons. Show students how to develop several good beginnings and ask them to choose the one which serves their purpose best. Show how to incorporate the senses in description, how to move a plot forward through dialogue, how to manipulate sentences for punch and clarity.

All of these writing skills are the inside/out version of analyzing writing by others. When we analyze the books, poetry, and essays we read, we are simply describing the choices an author made on their road to composing a piece. When students are heavily involved in creating those pieces themselves, they will more easily see what authors are doing and understand the messiness required in producing effective communication. Writing brings the author and his or her skill to life.

Students who write are better, more observant, and appreciative readers in general. And students who read are better, more competent writers. Be sure your students have the chance to breathe in and out throughout the day.

Ouellette, G., & Sénéchal, M. (2017). Invented spelling in kindergarten as a predictor of reading and spelling in Grade 1: A new pathway to literacy, or just the same road, less known? Developmental Psychology, 53 (1), 77-88.

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‘Lure’ students into reading through working with their writing

Mary Beth Nicklaus is a secondary-level teacher and literacy specialist for the Wisconsin Rapids public schools in Wisconsin:

I have found it possible to lure secondary-level students into the reading world through working with their writing. I work with 6-9th grade struggling readers as a reading specialist and literacy coach. By the time they are referred to me, they have not been reading for years—which accounts for much of their struggle. When we teachers work through the power of written self-expression with and for these students, we can also tinker with content-specific academic vocabulary, text structure, and mechanics of writing. We can also prime and build basic reading and comprehension skills. Even researchers have found that use of reading-response writing, explicitly teaching writing process, and engaging students in wide writing practice enhances basic reading skills and comprehension in K-12 readers. Here are some strategies I have found to be successful working with secondary-level students based on the aforementioned three areas:

I know the strategies I have elaborated upon work, because my students made enormous, lasting gains in their reading through focusing on writing. Also, the gains secondary-level students can make through focusing on feelings and opinions in their reading-response writing foster livelier conversations during classroom discussion. Students’ overall gains even show students that content texts across the curriculum can pique their interests outside of the classroom. It’s a win-win all around!

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Having students annotate their writing with the Strategies they use

Colleen Cruz is the author of several titles for teachers, including The Unstoppable Writing Teacher , as well as the author of the young-adult novel, Border Crossing , a Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award Finalist. She was a classroom teacher in general education and inclusive settings before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where as the director of innovation, she shares her passion for accessibility, 21st-century learning, and social justice. Most recently, Colleen authored Writers Read Better: Nonfiction (July 2018) and Writers Read Better: Narrative published by Corwin:

As an educator who works with teachers and students in grades 2 through 8, I find that I often look at the practices of primary-grade teachers and wish we upper-grade folks borrowed more heavily from them. Whether it be a focus on individual development, an emphasis on play, or just an overarching focus on the whole child, there are pedagogical treasures we need to bring more to our big-kid classrooms. At present, the most pressing for me is the desire to use writing to support reading instruction more often.

Every kindergarten and 1st grade teacher I know asks students to write as soon as they enter the classroom. This is long before students know the entire alphabet or how to read any words. In fact, most of us who have had little ones at home can attest to how often kids pick up a marker or crayon and write their names, strings of letters, or familiar words. Our youngest learners often produce words before they consume them. And when they do that, they are setting themselves up for success as readers because they learn early on, if they can write their name they can read it. If they can write any word, they can read it.

Also, many of us grew up as educators with the knowledge that reading supports writing. I first learned how this conventional wisdom applies to children’s writing from Katie Ray and her seminal book Wondrous Words. So, it should not be all that revolutionary to discover that those early-writing and -reading connections still apply when students move into more complex reading.

Yes, they might have moved past simple decoding and literal comprehension work. But the role of writing and reading reciprocity still applies. For every comprehension move a reader makes, there is an author on the other side of the desk. If a young reader is also a writer, they will be well-positioned to see the mirror moves they have made as a writer in the texts they are reading by other authors. Studies have shown this, of course (Graves, Calkins, Chew, Graham & Hebert to name a few). But in my work with young readers and writers I have seen time and again that if something is challenging to a reader, one of the most accessible paths to overcoming that challenge is through writing. It’s a transferable understanding that can last a lifetime: Show students that every reading skill has a reciprocal writing skill, and if they have written something like it, they are able to read it well, too.

One of my favorite ways to do this is to ask students to annotate their writing with the strategies they tried as writers and the reasons why. For example, “I used show-don’t-tell in this paragraph to help make a picture in my reader’s mind.” I then ask them to read a book of their choice with their own writing nearby. When they come to a spot in the text they find challenging, they can look back to their own writing to see if they made a similar move and why. A few common writing/reading reciprocal moves I teach students include:

There are, of course, countless more.

We know the power of modeling. And I believe for many years, rightly so, we have taught students how to mine the power of the published word for ideas for their own writing. For many of us, it’s time to try to teach the power of modeling by asking students to look at their own writing as their mentor for their reading lives. I am hard-pressed to think of more empowering reading work.

Writing ‘is a powerful lever for helping our students learn to read profoundly’

Pam Allyn, senior vice president, innovation & development, Scholastic Education, is a leading literacy expert, author, and motivational speaker. In 2007, she founded LitWorld, a global literacy organization serving children across the United States and in more than 60 countries, pioneering initiatives including the summer reading program LitCamp and World Read Aloud Day:

Writing and reading are not just two sides of the same coin; they are profoundly related and entwined. I have often said that reading is like breathing in, and writing is like breathing out—the child is taking new breaths in this new world, feeling her power and her potential.

Surrounding our children in the sounds of language from literary and informational text is crucial to their understanding of language. The child who is read aloud to multiple times per day, week, month, and year is already realizing the sound and feel of language. Then, too, the child who is given the opportunity to put her first marks on the page is already beginning to make meaning in the world. When reading a book, she sees it as something constructed from a world she already knows because her scribbles connect to those of others and give her the powerful idea that she has a voice.

Writing early and constantly, in and out of school, is a powerful lever for helping our students learn to read profoundly. Here are five ways writing supports reading and vice versa:

1. Building a deep sense of the beauty of grammar, sound, and vocabulary

The student who writes becomes alert to the structure of sentences, the rhythm of multiple words together, and words that surprise. Because our students are using the tools of language to build their own stories, they are awake to the qualities of texts. When students share works by authors such as Jacqueline Woodson or Naomi Nye, they’re astounded and try to emulate them in their own writing.

2. Understanding the purpose of and use of genres

Students who write quickly learn the necessity of genre. My 1st graders were writing informational texts and choosing their own topics. One wrote about nursing homes because that’s where her grandpa was. Later, I saw her scouring a book with a glossary in it. She explained, “I want to add a glossary to my story. My readers might need to know some of the big words I use to describe where my grandpa lives.” Genre is already embedded within her at the age of 6.

3. Recognizing the power of writing to connect us

Students who write understand that by telling their stories, they’re making their thoughts permanent, which leads to a hearty respect for the text, the authors who write them, and the uses we make of them. When our student writers are finishing works to put into the classroom library, they have an opportunity to see themselves side by side with published works, which feels celebratory. Writing, theirs and others, inspires and connects them.

4. Becoming aware of the ways writing can change someone’s mind or change the world

Even the smallest writer has big ideas. My 2nd grade class once wrote letters to the entire neighborhood inviting them to come see our play. People young and old came, and students saw how they could change their communities with the power of their own words. So, when they read, they consider all the ways writers can change people.

5. Knowing and deepening one’s own writing and the voice of an author

The student who writes is building confidence, courage, and a sense of self. She is learning how to evoke emotion, keep someone in suspense, and persuade while developing her own voice, which will serve her in the future whether she’s writing a narrative or an email. When she turns to her reading, she is now more aware of the author’s voice and knows the risks the author takes. She is one herself.

Thanks to Tony, Mary, Mary Beth, Colleen, and Pam for their contributions.

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Importance of Academic Writing Essay

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Academic writing is the specific field of writing which is based on strict rules and conventions developed to regulate different types of academic writing to guarantee the writing of a standard text. Thus, in spite of their purpose, academic papers are standardized in relation to the format, organization, structure, and presentation of the points discussed.

That is why, academic writing is effective to argue different academic issues according to the certain scheme. However, the skills improved to write academic papers are important not only for the development within the narrow field of the academic writing at university but also for business communication. The standards used to write academic papers can be successfully adapted to the written business communication.

Thus, the importance of academic writing for business communication and for working out business plans depends on such principles and purposes of academic writing as the clear and strict structure of the paper, the stress on the paper’s objective, and the strong argument supported with credible evidences and data because the mentioned factors are important to write an effective business plan and to state the definite opinion.

Purpose & Principles of Academic Writing

The usage of the principles of academic writing for the written business communication and development of business plan is possible with references to the strict rules used to organize academic papers of different types.

It is almost impossible to write the paper and discuss it as an academic one when the definite structure is not followed. The development of the business plan is also based on the clear structure according to which the business plan should present its purpose, the main argument or goal, and the points to be addressed and implemented into practice.

The relevance of the proposed actions should depend on the credible evidences and current data to receive the real picture of the situation and develop the most effective strategy or plan. From this point, the skills used to write the academic paper with the clear structure are also necessary to develop the effective business plan which is easy to be implemented because all the necessary points are mentioned and explained.

Academic papers are written to achieve the definite aim. Thus, the papers are developed to persuade, to argue, to describe, and to contrast and compare facts. There are also a lot of other objectives to write an academic paper (Ballenger, 2010). The ability to stress on the definite objective and complete it in writing is important to developing business papers such as business plans.

As a result, the writing can be discussed as academic when the definite academic goals are achieved with the help of developing different types of papers. To provide the effective written work, it is important to think and act as an academician. It is necessary to read the appropriate books, to discuss the important issues, and to explore the significant information in order to achieve the goal of writing this or that text (Elbow, 1995, p. 72).

From this perspective, to write as a businessman means to write as a person who intends to achieve the definite goal with providing the perfectly structured text which is developed to complete the certain objective. For instance, the main objective of developing a business plan is to provide the effective plan of actions which is designed to overcome the definite issue or propose some strategies.

The academic paper is discussed as strong when it is based on the clear and well-developed argument which is supported by credible evidences. In business communication, it is always important to pay attention to the audience. Thus, the audience of academic writing is often the persons who can have the greater knowledge of the field than the author of the text (Elbow, 1995, p. 81).

That is why, the task of the writer is to provide the effective argument which is carefully developed and supported with reliable facts and evidences to persuade the audience in the writer’s competence in relation to the topic discussed (Hoffman & Ford, 2009). Referring to the example of the business plan, it is possible to note that the successfully structured business plan cannot be discussed as effective, if it is not based on convincing evidences and current data.

The opponents of this idea can state that business writing is correlated with the academic writing only formally. However, persons who are involved in the realities of the business world agree that it is the task of the businessman and writer to operate the information efficiently and organize the paper which meets requirements of the business communication (Ann & David, personal communication, 2013). The skills and principles used in academic writing are important to complete these tasks.

Businessmen should know what to say to the public. If the statement is presented in the written form, it should be organized and formatted more properly than the oral speech.

That is why, the principles of academic writing are helpful to develop business plans, reports, and observations in order to present the material in an effective manner to achieve the definite goal. The written communication is one of the key aspects of business professions that is why the basic principles of academic writing can affect the person’s success in business writing.

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Elbow, P. (1995). Being a writer vs. being an academic: A conflict in goals. College Composition and Communication, 46 (1), 72-83.

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Why Writing in a Diary Is Good for You

Why Writing in a Diary Is Good for You

Your diary doesn’t just have to contain everything that happens each day; it could be a place where you write about your worries , hopes, or anything  that you consider to be important. It could be a place where your emotions are free to be shown. What if you want to write poetry, quotes, memories, or songs? Well, it’s your diary and you’re free to write anything your heart desires.

We live in a world full of stress, hurry, and technology that make us want everything quickly and instantly. It’s time to stop, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and focus on your inner world. Because only you are capable of opening that door and letting your emotions leave and take shape on paper. Peace and quiet is necessary to be able to connect with yourself.

You’ll improve your memory

You can keep a diary to write down anything you want to remember, like someone’s phone number, things you need to buy, quotes that have inspired you to have a good day, or anything else that helped your emotional balance.

If you make a habit of writing in your diary, you’ll notice that your creative thoughts will start to flow more easily, and you’ll feel more motivated to write things down that would otherwise have remained buried in your heart.

Maybe you prefer to write a sentence that comes to your head after having a particular experience. It’s comforting to go back and read it again, remembering how nice that moment was.  Rereading your own words  will give you the opportunity to feel that feeling again.

“Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.” -Meister Eckhart-

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It will help you find yourself

After a while, it’s always interesting to go back and read what you wrote before, to see how you’ve evolved,  to know if the problems you worried about were ever solved, and to remember how you got through the difficult times.

So on those gray days when you feel like you haven’t done anything with your life,  go back and read your diary and retrace those  paths  that you’ve traveled, those big and complicated steps that you’ve taken.

And if that’s not enough,  writing in a diary is a form of self-therapy that will help you find yourself,  get to know yourself better, understand your feelings, and discover whether you really want to keep thinking in the same way, or if you prefer to change your perspective and enhance your emotional well-being.

Do you want to keep a diary? Go ahead, let your emotions come to life on paper!

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Why Is Writing An Essay Important?

Writing an essay is important for the following reasons:

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Why is writing an essay so important?

Write down the topics that are relevant to you and are interesting to you. Once you have a few topics, eliminate the ones that are too hard or uninteresting. You should have no more than five topics in mind before starting writing. The more you can narrow down the list, the better.

What is importance of essay writing in daily life?

Students also learn how to gather information and analyze it. By doing so, they can learn something new about a topic they may not have learned about before. Furthermore, students also learn how to analyze information and make their own decisions.

Why essay writing is important for students

Essay writing also improves their critical thinking skills and teaches them how to properly utilize a note-taking tool. It also helps students develop their communication skills. Many students don’t realize how important essay writing is for their future, but it can help them in many ways.

It helps mold students into independent thinkers who are able to make their own decisions. In addition to that, writing an essay helps students develop critical thinking and analytical skills.

Importance of essay writing in English

Narrative essays, on the other hand, are focused on telling a story about a personal experience or an event. Informative essays are intended to inform the reader about a specific topic or issue.

What is the most important part of writing essay?

The most difficult part of writing an essay is getting started. If you know how to structure your essay, you can get past the tough first step without too much difficulty. After all, an outline provides you with a skeleton of your ideas, which you can flesh out later. Here are some ways to structure your essay:

What is important when writing an essay?

Once you have outlined your thesis and the main supporting points, you should have an outline to refer back to and reword your essay. It’s important to use transition words, and keep the paragraphs short. Proofreading is another important part of writing an essay.

Are essays important in life?

Today, essays are written in many forms, including literary criticism, political manifestos, and learned arguments. Some essays are incredibly personal and autobiographical, while others are more abstract.

What are the 3 purposes of an essay?

Why writing is important in life.

In addition to helping us improve our communication skills, essays teach us to use persuasive language and the right evidence. By writing, we train our minds to look for evidence that supports our ideas and convince others of their rationality.

Why writing is important for students

Once you master this technique, you’ll be able to produce your own content, whether it’s for an assignment, a presentation, or a memoir. Developing a strong writing style will also help you express yourself more clearly in other areas of your life.

Writing Across the Curriculum

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Research in learning sciences illustrates the many benefits of reflective writing. When provided with clear and authentic prompts and given repeated opportunities to think about their course work and educational, professional, or clinical experiences, students are better able to retain and transfer learning to new contexts. Reflective writing often serves multiple purposes simultaneously, enabling students to deepen their component skills and conceptual understanding within a specific field of study while also developing their metacognitive knowledge of their own learning habits and practices. In effect, while reflection involves looking back, it also serves as a mental rehearsal for future practice.

Why should I assign reflective writing?

Because the act of reflecting requires retrieval, elaboration, and generation of information, it can make learning more durable for students, as Brown, Roediger III, and McDaniel demonstrate in Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (2014). Simply worded prompts—such as What went well? What could have gone better? What other knowledge or experiences does this remind you of? and What other strategies might you use next time to get better results? (210)— encourage students to actively monitor their learning processes, which can then cue them to maintain or adapt their strategies in other contexts. Reflective writing prompts can also be used to cue students to think about their conceptual learning: What do I already know? What do I wonder? What do I want to find out? How does this new information relate to the old stuff I thought I knew? How does this new knowledge impact other things I think I know? As detailed by Ambrose et al. (2010 ), becoming more “consciously competent''—developing component skills, becoming fluent with them, and applying them to relevant contexts—enables mastery of concepts (95).

Beyond the rich gains it provides students, reflective writing can also yield valuable insights for instructors about how to adjust their teaching, their course designs, and their assignments to address student-identified areas of struggle. 

How and when should I use reflective writing?

Reflective writing can take many different forms, including routine entries in lab, design, or fieldwork notebooks, revision memos , and blog and video postings; and it can range from brief, informal assignments (such as one-minute papers , muddiest points , or exit slips ) to formal components of large capstone-level projects. Reflective writing can even be used beyond one’s course to integrate and deepen learning across the curriculum when integrated with eportfolios . 

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Regardless of its form or length, reflective writing is most effective when it is integrated into the design of a course, when it supports key learning aims, and when it is intentionally sequenced within an assignment—that is, when its purpose and relevance are clear to students. If students are asked to reflect on their learning experiences only once at the end of a course, they might approach such a task as a course evaluation or a generic description of their learning experiences. 

Providing specific and purposeful reflective activities throughout the semester—before a unit of study, during or after a course lecture or class discussion, or before and after an exam—can help students identify challenges and setbacks along with developing strategies for overcoming them. For example, Dr. Mary Pat Wenderoth assigns weekly learning paragraphs in her large physiology class in order to (1) have students identify their preconceptions about biological systems so those preconceptions can be challenged and prevented from interfering with their learning; (2) develop students’ conceptual frameworks to better retain factual knowledge; and (3) offer practice in metacognition.

Here are seven ways to integrate authentic and purposeful reflective writing.

How do I respond to and assess reflective writing?

Reflective writing can generate quite a bit of reading for instructors. However, responses to reflective writing can be brief, synthetic, and periodic. For more developed reflective writing assignments, such as those described in five and six above, instructors will want to allot more time for providing feedback, and they should consider developing a rubric that identifies the key criteria used to evaluate the reflective writing. Members of the Writing Across the Curriculum team are pleased to consult with instructors on developing reflective assignments and assessments.

For the majority of reflective tasks students do, instructors can respond with a strategy of minimal marking (pdf) and a simplified grading scheme (credit/partial credit/no credit). Since a primary goal of reflective writing is for the student writer to become more aware of their own learning and writing processes, instructors can respond in ways that affirm students' insights and encourage their ongoing efforts of reflection and transfer. While such responses can be brief, they are vital and should be timely. Responses can be written, oral, or presented in audio-video formats, depending on the medium.

Here are four ways to ensure responses to reflective writing are timely and manageable.

How can I foster authentic reflective writing?

For some students, reflecting on their learning may be difficult, and it may be an unfamiliar practice based on socio-cultural backgrounds and schooling histories. For neurodivergent students, reflective activities may require additional or modified instructions and different ways of responding to a prompt. To accommodate all learners and to demonstrate the value of reflective writing, instructors should consider the following:



Why Essay Writing Skills Are Important

What is the most well-known, legalised torture device utilised in schools in current times? Essay writing! Though today students can easily delegate their assignments and have professional paper writers write an essay for me , dealing with writing assignments is still torture for most students. Nearly every English writing class exhibits some form of instruction on writing these oh-so-dreadful explanatory essays and argumentative papers. It is no secret that many students find essay writing to be dull, tiring, and useless, moving them to question if, or why essay writing is important. Are essay-writing skills useful at all? Unequivocally, the skill of essay writing is essential and one of the most influential and beneficial skills one can learn.

Essay writing teaches individuals to organise their arguments in a proper manner. In essence, every statement is an argument, arguing an idea or belief that the speaker is attempting to prove or support. Essay writing equips individuals with the skill of effectively introducing an idea, and choosing methods of support they should utilise to formulate a convincing argument; improving the ability to explain one’s thoughts in an understandable and convincing manner is the sole purpose of writing essays. By practicing writing essays , people imprint in their minds a general structure for presenting ideas, building a foundation for successful argumentation and coherent, logical presentation of concepts. Some may claim that “copying” the typical essay format results in unoriginal arguments, yet they fail to recognise the true purpose of following such a structure. In the real world, individuals do not present every thought in the form of a five-paragraph essay; this model is only a template to guide a person’s thoughts and aid them in presenting a logical arrangement of ideas. Revision of a draft plays a crucial role in writing an essay. In this case, you can address Studyfy proofreading  professionals for them to evaluate your work and give you tips on how to improve it. Repeatedly writing essays trains the brain to automatically present ideas and supports in the best way possible. Cohesive explanations and rational placement of concepts are a skill essential in all careers, and essays are the perfect tools to sharpen these skills and better prepare individuals for their future careers.

Essay writing also teaches individuals how to effectively support well-thought-out claims. By writing multiple essays, individuals learn to choose the most compelling evidence to support an argument. Research essays are especially useful, as they train the mind to search for the most credible, correct, and useful information and incorporate it in such a way that will leave the audience convinced of the speaker’s claim. Choosing useful evidence to prove a claim is an essential skill in all areas of life, as it helps individuals better argue their ideas and choose supports that will enhance their claim or idea. Knowing how to select key points to argue a claim and understanding the best way to present an idea will help individuals successfully formulate convincing arguments in their future. The main advantage of essays is that there is no single template for writing all of them. However, there are still some criteria that must be met anyway. You can buy paper , list your requirements and preferences, and see what your assignment will look like when completed by experts.

Some may assert that essay-writing skills are most useful to those pursuing careers in writing or language only, however, this is false. Writing essays and essay outlines teaches people to think smarter. Rather than writing simple, one-sentence responses to a prompt, essays push individuals to delve into the subject matter and explore topics more in-depth. Repeating the exercise of writing essays trains the brain to think beyond the superficial meaning of concepts, improving analytical skills, and pushing individuals to learn more. This teaches critical thinking, and forces the mind to consider the issue, claim, or concept from different standpoints, and, most importantly, to understand and refute opposing views. Writing essays also allows individuals to practice condensing a plethora of material into a shorter, concise finished product that is not overwhelming and is easy to understand. Through this practice, people learn to expand a topic and explore all of its meanings, as well as convey a complex and multifaceted subject in a simpler, better manner. Polishing these skills helps prepare individuals for real-world scenarios such as providing an explanation for a concept, or giving a presentation about a topic, or even having a discussion about a certain subject matter. Essay writing is not difficult to learn, but difficult to master. Without a doubt, the skills individuals learn from essay writing are among the most significant skills one can obtain in their youth.


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