- How can I use writing to help my students learn?
- How can I get them to generate their own ideas?
- How can I help them remember new information?
Why It Works
- Informal writing may be thought of as “writing to learn” rather than “learning to write.”
- Students internalize new learning, make connections, and develop academic language through writing.
- It provides a way for us to better assess our students’ understanding of content and academic language.
- Quick Write
- Graphic Organizer*
- Cornell Notes
- Interactive Notebook
- Learning Log/Journal
- Exit Ticket*
- Chalk Talk
- Word Bank
- Sentence Stem
- Paragraph Frame
- Written Feedback
* = PSD effective practices
How to Implement This Routine
Plan for informal writing throughout the lesson.
Prepare for writing with structured conversations.
Scaffold with stems and frames.
Model new “writing to learn” tasks.
Circulate and coach as students write.
Scan student writing.