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Teaching Writing Strategies: Book 5
Teaching Writing Strategies: Book 5

Teaching Writing Strategies: Book 5

Teaching Writing Strategies: Book 5

Teaching Writing Strategies is a series of six books with the explicit, overarching aim of teaching the skills and strategies required to improve the clarity, correctness and richness of children’s writing. Within the series, they are taught to recognise, choose and use specific strategies. The focus is on the process, rather than on practising, in this instance, specific text types. To this end, priority is given to improving writing at the sentence level. There is a strong hands-on emphasis; that is, there is an expectation that the children will write to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.

Unlike many other writing workbooks, the desired outcome is to have the learners structuring correct, enriched sentences to more clearly convey ideas and information. The ultimate goal is for them to produce clear, precise writing for a specific purpose and to understand that proofreading and editing is an integral part of the writing process.

The books are divided into four sections:

  1. Word choices
  2. Sentence structure
  3. Punctuation
  4. Editing/proofreading

Curriculum Links: English, Key Stage 2, Year 5

Writing – Transcription

  • Use further prefixes and suffixes and understand the guidance for adding them.
  • Spell some words with ‘silent’ letters.
  • Continue to distinguish between homophones and other words which are often confused.
  • Use knowledge of morphology and etymology in spelling.
  • Use dictionaries to check the spelling and meaning of words.

Writing – Composition

Evaluate and edit by:

  • Assessing the effectiveness of others’ writing.
  • Proposing changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning.
  • Ensuring the consistent and correct use of tense throughout a piece of writing.
  • Ensuring correct subject and verb agreement when using singular and plural.
  • Distinguishing between the language of speech and writing.
  • Proofread for spelling and punctuation errors.

Writing – Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

  • Develop their understanding of the concepts set out in English Appendix 2.
  • Indicate grammatical and other features by using commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity in writing.

    Great book for teaching writing. My students are able to write their own stories using these books. Good for comprehension skills too.

    Amma Opoku, Tutor

    Different genres and ideas

    Helen James, Class Teacher

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