Fostering a love of writing is a great way to help your English Learners express themselves! In this week’s Teacher Tip Tuesday, we talk about ways to scaffold writing to make it accessible to all students. We use a social-emotional learning (SEL) connection to encourage self-expression. You can incorporate these strategies into any writing unit to make writing less daunting and more fun! Read through the example lesson below and extend your learning about teaching writing at the end of the post. 

How to encourage English Learners to be excellent writers

Let's use the Footsteps2Brilliance book "What Am I Feeling?" to put this week's Teacher Tip Tuesday into action

Step 1: Read and Talk

Read “What Am I Feeling” with your class. You can do this by projecting the book and reading it aloud together, or by assigning students this book in their Footsteps2Brilliance app to read or listen to independently. Then gather the class and facilitate a conversation about emotions.

Step 2: Shared Writing

Based on the class conversation about emotions, model thinking aloud and writing about a time you felt one of the emotions in the book. Then have students do the same. For many English Learners, you might get something like this the first time around:

Step 3: Encourage excellent writing

Use a Pre-Writing Graphic Organizer to help students organize and stretch their thinking. You can scaffold based on the needs of your students with beginning prompts and spelling assistance. Students can revisit the book to help them organize their thinking.

Get the Pre-Writing Graphic Organizer: English and Spanish.

Step 4: Use Create-a-Book to connect to “What Am I Feeling?” and spark creativity. Insertable characters and backgrounds from the book along with the ability to draw their own creations helps students bring their ideas to life! You can publish student work by printing their books to showcase in an author celebration of your own. 

Extend your learning

To support professional learning, read more below about writing with young children.

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