Breaking Up Writing Assignments

Writing assignments can be overwhelming and challenging for kids with a language disorder. The following are steps or “chunks” that can be utilized for a variety of writing tasks to support your child in completing the assignments.
  1. Review the type of writing: Determine what type of writing is needed to complete the assignment (e.g., persuasive, narrative, analysis, research, etc.).
  2. List the tasks and develop a timeline: Generate a to-do list for the assignment and assign each step a due date. Steps may include gathering research, completing a graphic organizer, developing a thesis statement, etc.
  3. Gather resources needed: This may include the text that needs to be read or for  research.
  4. Read and highlight information. Support your child in determining the most critical information and details.
  5. Develop a thesis statement.
  6. Create an outline. Utilize the thesis statement and notes to develop an outline.
  7. Write the draft: Use the outline as a guide to begin writing. Extra tip: orally rehearse what will be written aloud first, before writing the sentence or paragraph.
  8. Reread, revise, and review.

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