Supporting Written Communication
As an SLP who focuses primarily on students with complex communication needs, how to best support written communication has always been something I've needed to enlist some help with to do well. It comes up often and I used to feel really puzzled about where to start and what would really be the most beneficial path for my kiddos.
One of the first places I undoubtedly turn is this book. It's a totally comprehensive source that runs the gamut from creative writing to professional letters and documents. I love that it breaks different kinds of writing- stories, essays, business letters- down into digestible pieces. It also covers things like combining sentences and revising your work. I love that it organizes writing into organizational strategies, writing strategies, and revision strategies. This one is a life-saver for sure.
I also love that app Story Grammar Marker. As its name implies, this focuses more on stories and creating a complete narrative. It allows your students to draw, write, or record their ideas while prompting the next piece of story grammar- characters, setting, ect. This one is great for the students who are inherently motivated to do anything so long as you have the iPad out as well!
Lastly, when I feel totally stuck I always turn to TeacherPayTeachers and search grade leveled rubrics. This has been such a valuable resource for students (and me!). I don't have any children nor have I spent any time in a typical classroom, I found myself totally at a loss for what a 2nd grader or a 6th grader should really be able to do as far as writing abilities. Also, I wasn't sure if their work needed some help, was just good enough, or if it was exceptional. These rubrics offered me the guidance I needed to take their writing to the next level and allowed my higher functioning students a way to pre-correct and monitor their own progress.
Hope these tips help next time you feel a little stuck with writing!
Happy holiday week!