Differentiating writing instruction is a huge topic for educators these days. If you see that a student is struggling to write either to get the words on the page or get the ideas down, ask yourself this guiding question to get started troubleshooting: 

Is it a content issue, or is it a mechanics issue?

If it’s a content issue, that means the students are struggling with either too many ideas or not enough ideas. In that case, go back to their brainstorm or outline! Most content writing problems start there. They either didn’t have enough to begin with, or they had way too much and they didn’t narrow it down. 

If they’re struggling with mechanics, then you need to figure out how to isolate which mechanical piece that they’re missing. For example, if I see that my kids are struggling with the introduction, go there first. 

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