”Writing is learned by imitation. If anyone asked me how I learned to write, I’d say I learned by reading the men and women who were doing the kind of writing I wanted to do and trying to figure out how they did it.”
William Zinsser – On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction (p. 34).
Students need quality models of writing and reading strategies to survive in school, and the real world.
Show them how people read in the real world
Real world reading is much more than decoding and fluency. Model reading with all types of text, and in real world situations. For example, people read differently online, model and show the difference, and then have them write similar online styles.
Types of text to model
- Authentic text
- Applications such as the Kindle Reader
- Online resources
- Research tools
- News sites
- Search results
- Storage applications that also create text documents, such as, GDrive, Dropbox, iCloud drive
Writing is imitation
Surround students with high quality writing samples daily.
Paper and online writing formats are different. Students need to understand their audience will read their writing differently depending on the situation. It is common to repurpose a writing to different formats and styles to best communicate a message effectively.