The mechanics of the English language can be complex and overwhelming for many students when they begin reading, writing, and spelling. As a child becomes proficient in reading and spelling, they are also expected to master and refine their proficiency in writing. Writing isn’t just about telling a story or getting a good grade in school, it is a fundamental tool and form of communication.
For each person, writing touches our everyday life in school, our careers, at home, and through email and text messaging. As a result, students must learn the proper writing techniques to communicate what they mean to avoid misunderstanding and misrepresentation in their everyday careers and relationships.
Handwriting strategies can strengthen and improve the mechanics of a child’s writing. Different writing exercises can help students be creative and allows them to write about topics that interest them. This way when students are faced with a task of writing on a topic they may not be enthusiastic about, they have the tools needed to complete the task with confidence.
Each student can enhance their writing abilities in many of the following areas:
- Punctuation and Grammar
As children advance through elementary, junior high, high school, and eventually college, there are so many different writing styles, it’s hard to know what is the correct form. Punctuation and grammar can be one of the most difficult techniques to grasp from commas and semicolons to quotation marks and hyphens. The truth is, punctuation and grammar can change the meaning of a sentence and determine the work’s validity. It’s important to teach kids how to understand the value of writing mechanics and how they can be used to enhance the integrity of their writing abilities.
- Idea Generation
Have you ever had what is most commonly known as “Writers Block?” Many times, we may have already thought of what we want to write, but when we sit down at the computer to type it out, our mind becomes blank. With the right questions and techniques, kids can overcome those writing blocks to discover new ideas, thoughts, and creative topics they can discuss and shape on paper.
- Writing Organization
One of the key components of writing is organizing ideas, structuring sentences, and using proper format throughout documents, reports, emails, or other written communications. Students can be taught how ideas must flow into the next to create fluid and structured sentences. In addition, personalized prewriting and outlining techniques can be incorporated to improve main ideas, topics, and clear pictures for readers and educators.
- Editing and Critiquing
Catching mistakes in your own writing can be a difficult challenge, and being told by a teacher or parent that you didn’t get something right the first time is just as difficult. With some editing practice and exposure to constructive critiques and personal explanations, students can learn and detect their own errors while using self-correcting methods to take their writing in the direction they want to go.