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'The teacher says I have to make my writing interesting, but, how do I do that?' Teaching students to use the writing techniques of successful authors

Cowey, Wendy (2008). 'The teacher says I have to make my writing interesting, but, how do I do that?' Teaching students to use the writing techniques of successful authors. In: National Conference for Teachers of English and Literacy, Adelaide Convention Centre, 6th-9th July 2008.

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Author Cowey, Wendy
Title 'The teacher says I have to make my writing interesting, but, how do I do that?' Teaching students to use the writing techniques of successful authors
Conference Name National Conference for Teachers of English and Literacy
Conference Location Adelaide Convention Centre
Conference Dates 6th-9th July 2008
Conference Publication Title Proceedings of the National Conference for Teachers of English and Literacy
Place of Publication Adelaide
Publisher Pelvin & Associates
Publication Year 2008
Volume Number online
Start Page 1
End Page 14
Total Pages 14
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract ‘The teacher says I have to make my stories more interesting, but, how do i do that,’ was the puzzled comment made to a teacher seeking to help a Year 6 boy who had been diagnosed with literacy difficulties. He knew what he had to do, he just had no idea of how to accomplish this goal. is plight is one many teachers would recognise. Many teachers, also, will have studentsin their classes who are reluctant to write more than a ritual, ‘on Saturday i played football. it was fun,’ as a journal entry or to even attempt to write anything that would pass as a narrative. despite teachers’ best efforts such students find difficulty with accessing models provided in modelled writing or find it impossible to access literate resources from books they read or have read to them. is presentation uses case studies from the National Accelerated Literacy Program (NALP) to suggest reasons for these students’ difficulties with writing stories (narratives). it discusses why some students find it difficult to ‘write like writers’ or to draw on their imagination or creativity to achieve the writing prized in education. Finally the paper discusses successful strategies for not only teaching students to ‘make their writing interesting’ and engaging but also how all students can benefit from understanding how writers craft narratives and how they can access and employ these resources.
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