Introduction Writing in an educational setting is essential. Writing in a real world setting is also essential. So why is the emphasis of teaching basic writing skills going away. As a teacher in a sixth grade classroom in Utah, I see students who cannot form a complete sentence let alone a solid paragraph. Many students do not capitalize the beginnings of their sentences or end them with proper punctuation marks. Forming a complete thought seems to be a skill beyond many of these students grasp. The instructional unit written for this project goes back to the basics of teaching writing in an effort to improve the ability of sixth grade students.
What I did It all began with simple observations and then complex frustration when
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Not only in school is it important and essential, but the ability to express thoughts in written form is crucial in the college and career fields. Even those who hold manual labor positions at some point will be required to communicate occurrences, ideas, or thoughts in written form. This written form is not the technicalities of forming letters with a pen or pencil, but rather constructing thoughts and ideas in a way others are able to understand. With an understanding for the importance of good writing skills, it is apparent the importance of this instructional unit.
How It Relates to Appropriate Theory for My Discipline The instructional unit is created using research based teaching theories. As a language arts teacher, it is important to be aware of the theories and practices that are deemed effective and essential in the writing classroom. Writing is best taught through direct instruction using examples, practice, feedback and the revision process. Each of the essential elements in this writing unit are based on these principles of instruction. It is noted that as well as individual work, writing instruction and revisions are effective when participants work in pairs and small groups. This tool is also an integral part of the instructional unit.
How the Project Fits Into Teaching and Learning in My Field Because the focus of my teaching is sixth grade language arts, this project is a perfect fit. Not only will the students receive