Today’s blog is to encourage you to make process writing a thing of the past. 

What is process writing exactly? Process writing is when we teach kids a generic set of steps to follow when they write. First, brainstorm, then write a first draft, then edit. Next, write a second draft and finally, publish. That’s process writing in a nutshell. 

What we’ve found, however, is that process writing only impacts about one third of kids’ actual writing ability compared to strategic writing. 

And what is strategic writing? Strategic writing is how to write a specific kind of text. For example, an informational text piece, an argument or opinion, or a narrative piece. It’s very specific to the kind of writing we’re doing, and it has more than double the impact of only teaching kids process writing!

So what does this mean for you? Look at your materials and lesson plans this week and ask yourself, ‘am I just teaching kids generic steps, or am I teaching them how to write specific types of text?’ That’s our job!

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