Writing and the brain

Writing and the brain

Writing and the brain

Date posted: November 7, 2013

How does writing affect the brain?

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To learn more, click The Brain-based Benefits of Writing for Math and Science Learning – Judy Willis, neurologist and teacher consultant, reviews the benefits of writing, particularly for logical functions.

Here’s a sample of library resources to help learners with writing:

Celebrating language with adult literacy students: lessons to engage and inspire.
Francis E. Kazemek. Newark, DE: International Reading Association, 2008.
Written for both seasoned and novice teachers and tutors, this book focuses on expressive and poetic writing in adult literacy classes. It contains 23 specific lessons highlighting different forms of writing. The lesson plans include examples to use with learners and suggestions for modifying lessons to meet the needs of ELL adult literacy students.

Get it done! Writing and analyzing informational texts to make things happen.
Jeffrey Wilhelm, Michael W. Smith and James Fredricksen. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2012.
This book explores how to teach the reading and composing of information texts, with the goal of preparing high school students for practical uses of the skills both within and outside the classroom.

Just write! Guide (Online)
Teaching Effectiveness in Adult Literacy (TEAL) project, 2012
teal.ed.gov/documents/TEAL_JustWriteGuide.pdf
This guide helps teachers understand and apply evidence-based instructional practices that promote student learning in the following topics: strategy instruction, self-regulated learning, universal design for learning, formative assessment, differentiated instruction, and effective lesson planning. It is not a curriculum but is intended to strengthen existing writing instruction.

Writers at work: from sentence to paragraph.
Laurie Blass and Deborah Gordon. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
This is the first book in a four book series that presents a foundation in writing skills. In ten themed chapters, through the study of vocabulary and grammar, it helps students write accurate sentences. The last three chapters introduce the fundamentals of paragraph writing. Throughout, a process of getting started, preparing to write, revising, editing and following up is used.

Writing out loud and More writing out loud.
Deborah Morgan. Edmonton, AB: Grass Roots Press, 2002.
Looks at the challenges of teaching writing in literacy programming. Includes writing exercises with ideas for adaptations that help make learning meaningful.

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