3 Top Tips to Make Writing Exciting

Collaboration, Commenting, and a Global Audience

Learning writing can be exciting! Kids can love writing. Now, students can easily join writing communities. After joining, students find that commenting on another student's writing can be fun.  Teacher-librarian, Cynthia Alvarado, shows us how to make writing exciting for kids. Additionally, she'll also teach us her tips and tricks for coaching kids to level up writing.

How to Make Writing Exciting when you teach writing
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Write the World is a fantastic free tool to encourage writing in your classroom. Not only can teachers run writing contests but they can also assign classroom writing prompts. Also, students can join the monthly contests and global writing prompts with other students around the world. Furthermore, Write the World has a schedule of their writing prompts for the year so that you can include them in your planning now.
Targeted to students aged 13-18, Write the World is a powerful, fun community for writing. Even more importantly, I took a tour of the site recently and was impressed with how easy it is to use.

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Given all these benefits, I recommend this site for writing teachers of students aged 13-18. So, join Write the World and get kids excited to write!

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Show Notes:

  • Why is an audience essential to improving student writing?
  • Does audience impact plagiarism? In what way?
  • How do we teach students to comment meaningfully?
  • How do you avoid problems when students write together online?
  • What can you say to students help them write more?

Cynthia Alvarado's Bio

Cynthia Alvarado is a teacher/librarian who teaches literacy and technology to elementary students in Dearborn, Michigan. Her interests include making school interesting in ways that close the gap for ELL and low-income students.

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2 thoughts on “3 Top Tips to Make Writing Exciting

  1. Hi Vicki! Thanks for sharing the insightful and helpful podcast. I really liked the advice that Cynthia gives for motivating students to write and teaching them how to provide feedback in a positive way to others. Also it is very important to be a positive contributor and model to students how to be one.

  2. Hi Vicky,

    Great video. Wow, I really enjoyed all the different ways that you say we can do to make writing more exciting. I will definitely begin having my students have an authentic audience by maybe creating a link on either Class Dojo or Remind 101 so that they are able to post their writing and they can allow both fellow students and parents access to comment on the work they posted. The digital citizenship information was also insightful and will allow students to collaborate positively.

    Thank you