Today’s topic is something I’m very passionate about: how to teach kids to write informational text! We’ve done a lot of research on this, which led us to realize:
Whoa, we have made writing super hard for kids!
If I were to ask 10 teachers what it means to “develop a topic,” I would probably get 10 different answers. So let’s talk about what it really means to teach kids to develop a topic.
- Add details! When you add details to what you write, you establish yourself as an expert.
- Add definitions! Definitions give background knowledge to the reader.
- Add quotes! Quotes show that your topic is newsworthy.
The next time you’re asking kids to “develop a writing topic,” be sure to tell them that means to add details, definitions, or quotes.
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