Developing Student Writing Skills

  • Students spend grades K-2/3 learning to form letters, words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs.  Teachers model the writing process for students and spend time analyzing authors' writing styles as they read out loud to students.  Students spend time learning about the six traits +1 (presentation), which include

    In grades 3/4-12, students write to express new learning with four different overlapping styles of writing:

            1.  Narrative
            2.  Descriptive (not part of AzMERIT)
            3.  Expository
            4.  Opinion (K-5)/Argumentative (6-12)

    Writing skills develop over time, scaffolding up from learning to write to writing to learn (or share learning).  

An Overview of Student Writers

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