Do you want your students to love writing and to noticeably improve at it over the course of a year? Joe Breslin’s writing method really works, and students usually love it.
By disentangling the craft of writing from the separate-but-related knowledge of grammar and diction, and by employing small, focused assignments that zero in on the actual business of the writing craft, this method turns reluctant writers into enthusiastic describers, explainers, and storytellers.
The method employs a tripartite structure — technical instruction, technical assignment, fun application — to teach the nuts and bolts of writing on a small scale first, before setting young writers free to try those methods out in contexts both formal and fun. These “nuts and bolts” include sentence forms, rhetorical forms, the paragraph, observational and organizational skills, story structure, and essay structure. Starting with the microcosm of the sentence, then moving upwards to the paragraph, and eventually the five paragraph essay, Mr. Breslin’s students learn how to approach writing step-by-step, and they come to understand and love the Craft. This method also involves an easy grading/writing coaching method that greatly simplifies writing critique, and makes it MUCH more effective than the traditional “paint it all red” approach.
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