The demands of today's school and work environments require writing skills that extend beyond planning and editing to skills in specific types of writing, including writing persuasively, responding to nonfiction texts, and more. Learn more about ways to support the writing development of students with LD.
Priming your students for writing with props or humorous thoughts can pique their interest in a writing topic. In addition to priming, visual organizers like hamburgers and word trees challenge students to organize their writing and choose interesting words. Find out more about these topics as well as COPS and STOPS in this informative article about writing.
The "once and done" model of teaching writing to kids with LD just doesn't work, says expert Steve Graham. In our exclusive interview, Graham outlines three research-based practices that are particularly helpful to students with LD. Learn how to implement each recommendation in your classroom.
Successful writers can write for various audiences with various objectives. There are six common "structures" to writing, including persuasive writing, descriptive, procedural, problem-solution, cause-effect, and compare-contrast. This article, from our sister site AdLit.org, provides examples and tips for using each structure in your writing program.
April 30-May 2, 2012
New Orleans, LA
The Center for Development and Learning invites you to attend the 2012 Plain Talk About Reading Institute, April 30 to May 2 in New Orleans. From the nation's leading researchers, you'll learn about current findings on reading instruction, reading difficulties, and reading intervention. From seasoned practitioners, you'll discover classroom strategies that put this knowledge to work. The Institute features a "who's who" of 50 experts including Louisa Moats, Daniel Willingham, Maryanne Wolf, Joe Torgesen, Anita Archer, Michael Fullan, Jack Fletcher, Jan Hasbrouck, Tim Shanahan, Mel Riddile, Reid Lyon, Vicki Gibson, Sam Goldstein and many more!
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It's been 100 years since Edgar Rice Burroughs first introduced readers to his jungle hero, Tarzan, and also to "John Carter" — a hero whose adventure hits the big screen this March in the new Disney film of the same name. Give your students the chance to learn more about Edgar Rice Burroughs and have a writing adventure of their own with the thought-provoking prompts in the Writer's Quest writing contest from AdLit.org and Reading Rockets.
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Hosted by Dr. Robert Brooks of Harvard Medical School, this DVD encourages parents and teachers to find each child's "island of competence" and then build on those strengths. Brooks, a nationally known expert on LD, offers practical strategies for helping children develop the confidence and resilience they will need to succeed.
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My 12th grade daughter has been diagnosed with ADHD, slow processing, and executive function disorders. Her biggest problem is that she continually misinterprets written test questions. How can we help her?
Dr. Larry Silver answers: Many students with executive function disorder also have learning disabilities related to this disorder. Such disabilities might include a "reading fluency" or a "writing fluency" problem.
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Dysgraphia is severe difficulty in producing handwriting that is legible and written at an age-appropriate speed.
For more information, go to What Is Dysgraphia?
Sentence Builder is a fun app that helps children build grammatically correct sentences about a picture on their screen. Special attention is paid to connector words.