Model and imitate writing styles

Model reading and writing

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 reading and writing to use text and write effectively.

Real world text

Reading is much more than decoding and fluency. Students need to work with all types of text in real world situations. They must understand the different purposes and uses of content.

Plan to model

What reading and writing should we model?

  • Textbooks
  • Authentic text
  • e-Reader devices
  • Online applications
  • Tablet applications
  • PDFs
  • Online resources
    • Magazines
    • Research tools
    • Newspapers
    • News resources
    • Blogs
    • Social media
    • Search results

Writing is imitation

Surround students with high quality writing samples to use as models.

What writing will students analyze and imitate this week?

Each school day some time should be spent reading and responding to quality writing.

Paper and online writing formats are different.

Students need to understand their audience will read text differently depending on the situation. A student may have to repurpose text to different formats and styles to best communicate their message effectively.