Writing is a very important skill for people to succeed in schooling and workplaces. When a student can learn how to write effectively, they will also develop critical abilities that help them to communicate better, reach their goals in learning, and better establish rapport with others in life.
When you are teaching writing, knowing how to use the strategies and tools available to you to teach these skills will help you to better prepare your students to be persuasive, descriptive, and creative writers.
Today we will talk to you about what writing skills are, and why they are so important, and we will also talk through the types of skills and how you can teach them!
What Are Writing Skills?
Writing skills provide the ability to better convey details and information in print, this is done using proper sentence construction, grammar, and more.
The ability to communicate concepts and ideas through writing is in very high demand in multiple industries, from IT, to travel, health, gaming, sports, and so on.
Having writing skills provides people with the ability to express critical opinions, ideas, and thoughts. However, this is not all it is, it also involves processes such as organizing and generating ideas, revising and proofreading already written work, and also editing!
Why Are Writing Skills Important To Teach?
Writing allows students to be able to share messages and ideas through words. When participating in different types of writing, learners can discover how they can express themselves and develop creative skills.
Students are also able to display skills like these on their resumes, cover letters, and emails.
Here are some reasons why teaching writing is so important:
- Writing skills help students understand how language works. Through the help of available reading materials, they can learn how they can create sentences, and better punctuate their work.
- It lets students use their imagination to develop perspectives on specific messages and their relation to external environments. They can express their emotions, thoughts, and ideas through writing.
- It improves language through basic writing, aiding them in eloquent speaking, developing vocabulary, and sentence construction. It helps in spelling, and connecting words to build up clear communication and produce ideas.
- Writing skills can build vocabulary, learning what new vocabularies are and how it should be used.
What Are The Types Of Writing Skills?
The main writing skills include:
Grammar, Spelling & Punctuation
Correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation are all essential keys to written communication. Writers who have a great sentence structure, grammar, spelling, and punctuation can write and communicate effectively.
- You can help your students to work on skills like this by reading other materials such as articles, and books, and helping them to practice these skills.
Writing is collaborative in many ways, so having effective skills in communication can be very useful for writers. Students will be able to communicate with other students and their teachers to grow these skills in and out of their writing.
Strong proofreading and editing skills allow students to be able to identify areas in their work that may need correction, from grammar to punctuation and spelling.
- Skills such as communication and active listening can be gained with practice.
Editing & Proofreading
Proofreading is when you can read through a piece that has been written. Editing means identifying and correcting errors in a written piece.
- It can be useful to ask your students to edit and proofread their work and that of their peers as well.
Creativity and creative thinking refer to being able to identify challenges and develop solutions to problems.
This will help students to review issues from unique angles and perspectives and create plans to solve these issues. Students will be able to write unique content using creative writing and thinking skills.
- Creative thinking can be practiced by crafting make-believe problems, be they normal issues, or wild, wacky, and unrealistic, and asking students to write how they would solve these issues. The weirder the problem the more creative the answer and the better the skill can be developed.
Reading beings looking at words and symbols and being able to understand and identify the meanings behind them.
This involves comprehension, motivation, and fluency. Writers who read well also write, proofread, and edit their writing well.
Writers should also read, as reading the work of others can aid in all these other skills and builds on one’s writing abilities.
- Reading skills can be adapted in practice, if a student is struggling with reading, the use of small books, or topical favoritism can be used to help ease them into it.
Writers should also have good research skills, this will allow them to write about complicated topics, but also able to broaden their topical reach, and branch out into new and different types of writing.
Researching abilities can also aid in the development of reading and communication skills!
- In order to become better at researching, students can learn how to collect large quantities of information, analyze, and interpret this information and then be able to report their findings in writing. This can be done in fun, unique ways at first, such as researching topics for fiction, and storytelling, which can then be adapted into factual writing.
Teaching Writing Skills
Try out the following techniques to help you effectively teach writing skills.
- Choose which skills you wish to teach.
- Be aware of what your students have already learned.
- Choose the writing exercises and activities.
- Engage your students in meaningful topics and discussions.
- Teach spelling.
- Choose topics to motivate your students.
- Encourage fact-checking.
- Provide revision and editing instructions and exercises.
There are many aspects to teaching writing, as there are many layers to writing. Understanding your students is a great way to help you better teach them unique writing skills. Make it fun and target it to their passions.