CREW Writing sessions target the entire writing process: analyzing a prompt, brainstorming ideas, using graphic organizers to plan a draft, and revising and editing. Students are expected to be able to translate their ideas into meaningful compositions. State standards require our children to be able to produce personal narratives as well as expository essays (how to’s, informational essays, nonfiction writing). Students who struggle with the writing process will benefit from CREW Writing sessions.
- Quick Writes – Students need exposure to a variety of writing prompts and responding with personal narratives or expository essays. We then use quick writes for a variety of learning opportunities to enhance word choice, grammar, teach elaboration, and story structure.
- Revising & Editing – CREW teachers use writing samples that are pre-generated and student-generated to teach how to revise sentences for capitalization, punctuation, grammar and syntax.
- Figurative Language – Students with learning disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders often struggle to understand similes, metaphors, and idioms. By analyzing written compositions and creating their own writing with figurative language we can grow their oral and written communication.
- Graphic Organizers – At CREW we emphasize teaching to each child’s individual learning style. Giving students a familiar frame or template to tackle writing tasks and plan their compositions is a valuable tool they can use at school.