8. Integrating Writing Into Your Lessons
Combined reading and writing lessons work so well together. As Kerka says, writing provides the opportunity for the learner to develop his or her ideas on a topic. Writing about a reading assignment allows the learner to think that assignment through. It also gives you a ready-made topic on which to write. Integrating Writing Into the Classroom (www.glencoe.com/sec/teachingtoday/
subject/int_writing.phtml) describes a number of ways in which to combine reading and writing lessons together.
It is not likely that your learner will become a notable author or discover a previously untapped talent. But all of us need writing in our daily lives, and being able to use writing effectively is something that will strengthen your learner's spirit to continue. Writing tasks should be applicable to daily life: lists, letters to teachers or friends, or complaints to stores or landlords are all immediately useful. But there is a little bit of poet lurking in everyone's soul.
All of us require writing skills in our daily lives. Not being able to write coherently affects the life of your student as strongly as not being able to read fluently. Writing involves both small-motor skills and creative skills, which can add to the difficulty in developing writing skills. In addition, most learners are worried about their lack of spelling and grammar capabilities. Separating the writing process into its three phases: pre-writing, writing, and post-writing will assist your learner to focus on the communication skills. Realizing that revision is a separate step can open up the process to allow for a flow of ideas. The Language Experience Approach is very useful in showing that the communication of ideas is completed by the combined skills of reading and writing.
In the next unit, you will learn to assess your student's skills and create lesson plans to help her reach her goals.