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Teach Writing by Modelling

To teach writing effectively, teachers must show rather than tell. This can be done by modelling. According to Professor Linda Mason, who teaches and conducts research at Pennsylvania University, modelling is critical when teaching writing.

How to teach essay writing by modelling?
Teachers must be familiar with the strategies and the process involved in writing (teachers themselves must be writers too).Emphasize on teaching at the point of writing.Apply shared writing (whole class composition). Get the students involved, allow them to make suggestions--consider them and make decisions about which ones to adopt. Draft the writing orally by rehearsing sentences and improve the sentences before writing them down. Reread each section as we progress and ask the students whether the draft can be improved. By so doing, the writing process will become familiar and fully understood by all students.Guide the students through the whole process by modelling a writer's cognition (the teacher wi…

Essay Outline

Outlining your ideas is important as it helps you to:
see the structure of your main points and sub-points clearly. check the logic and completeness of what you will be writing, revealing any gaps, repetition, or illogical steps in the development of your essay. manage your time more efficiently. Break down the outline into manageable sections, and then assign yourself reasonable time to write the first draft of each section. Remember, the introduction can be very time consuming. Leave it until the end because it is much easier to write the introduction when you have finished the first draft.
INTRODUCTION Begin your essay with an opening sentences or "hook" about your topic that catches the readers' attention.Include context; provide the information the reader will need to understand the topic.State your thesis, your arguable position on the topic. What side will you take? What will you prove in your essay? What are you going to explore?
BODY PARAGRAPH Write a general topi…