Teaching Strategies  




This is a writing to learn activity. It allows for as much or as little student choice as you’d like. The role refers to who is writing (for example, a Civil War soldier or President Lincoln). The audience is to whom the person is writing (for example, Robert E. Lee or a soldier’s mother). The format is the form the writing will take (for example, a letter or an editorial). The topic is the reason for writing (for example, a description of conditions on the battlefield or a plea to end the war). You can create a chart with several choices in each category, or you can make some of the decisions for the students. For example, you pick the topic and format but let them pick the role and audience.

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The teacher featured in this video is James Findlay from Midvale Middle School.

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