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At a Glance: Strategies for the Reluctant Writer

By Amanda Morin

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Getting your reluctant writer interested in writing isn’t always easy. Here are some strategies for writing that don’t focus on sitting down to write.

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Strategies for the Reluctant Writer
How can you make the writing process easier for your child? These tips can make writing seem like less of a chore.
Point out writing in daily life.
From email to text messages to social media posts, your child is already writing without thinking about it.
Use graphic organizers.
From checklists to story maps, graphic organizers can help put ideas in order before your child starts writing.
Add writing into daily life.
Encourage your child to make grocery lists, write an excuse note for school (for you to sign), add captions to scrapbooks or Facebook photos and maybe even write thank-you cards.
Look at ideas first.
If your child is forming words into sentences, pay attention to what those sentences are saying. Don’t worry about spelling, vocabulary use or punctuation at first glance.
Point out examples of revision.
Revision isn’t just for writing. You revise a recipe when you’re out of ingredients and your child revises her outfit based on the weather or where she’s going.
Be an audience.
Read what your child writes and talk to her about it. It’s hard to write when you don’t think anybody’s reading.
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Amanda Morin is a parent advocate, a former teacher and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

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Ginny Osewalt is certified in elementary and special education, with experience in inclusion, resource room and self-contained settings.

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