1st Edition

33 Ways to Help with Writing Supporting Children who Struggle with Basic Skills

By Raewyn Hickey Copyright 2010
    136 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    136 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    33 Ways to Help with Writing equips teachers and teaching assistants with a wide range of practical resources to help children who are having difficulties learning the basic skills of writing.

    Offering a range of activities and games to engage children and encourage motivation in the classroom, this essential classroom companion provides ready-to-use material that doesn’t need lengthy forward preparation.

    These practical and fun ideas incorporate a variety of learning styles, using kinaesthetic and auditory techniques, which put the emphasis on ‘games’ rather than ‘work’. The activities are especially suitable for teaching assistants working with individuals or small groups. 33 Ways to Help with Writing works step-by-step through practical activities which:

    • keep children motivated and enjoying learning
    • do not require extensive knowledge or experience from the adult
    • are adult-led so children don't have the opportunity to repeat mistakes
    • are grouped into different basic skills, so teachers can choose the activity best suited for the child’s needs
    • have clear, concise and pedagogically sound reasons for the activity
    • include extension activity where appropriate to challenge pupils.

    @contents: Selected Contents: The series  Acknowledgements  Introduction  Part A Beginnings  1. Sorting Game  2. From Letters to Sentences  3. Instant Writing  4. Disappearing Words  5. Musical Stops  6. Full Stop Game  Part B Writing longer sentences  7. Verbs in Action  8. Walk this way  9. Snakes and Verbs  10. A noun crossword  11. Rob the Nest  12. Adjective Poem  13. Adjectives Antonyms  14. Signing Off  15. Moving Adverbs  16. Connectives Card Game  17. Connectives To and Fro  Part C Improving Content  18. Musical sentences  19. Connect 3  20. All Change  21. Non-Stop Sentences  22. Cinderella Simile  23. Six Sizzling Sausages  24. How do you feel?  25. Guess the mood  26. Castle Adventure  27. Talk, Talk, Talk  Part D Non-Fiction  28. Lingo  29. Musical Halves  30. Muddled emails  31. Information, Information, Information  32. 20 Questions  33. A Technical Crossword  Glossary


    Raewyn Hickey is an experienced classroom teacher who has worked in both the Literacy Initiative for Teachers project in Westminster and as a consultant for the Primary Strategy.