Writing Tricks of the Trade

Take advantage of the writing section in the ReaL Books. The high school ReaL Book writing section begins on page 396. 

"About the Writing Handbook" states, "The writing handbook contains all the tools and tricks of the trade for effective writing. Use the key words to remind you of each strategy. Use the graphic organizers to help you write paragraphs or full essays."

Writing Strategy: POW 

POW is a strategy that you can use for everything you write. Use POW to: Plan, Organize, and Write the next Informative writing, Argument writing, and Narrative writing.

Writing Strategy: TIDE

TIDE is a strategy that you can use for informative writing. Informative writing examines a topic and presents central ideas and details.

T=Topic Sentence or Thesis Statement

  • D=Details

  • E=Ending

Student made posters with writing strategies are a great addition to any classroom! 

Writing Strategy: TREE

TREE is a strategy that you can use for argument writing. Argument writing states a position or claim about an issue.

  • T=Topic Sentence or Thesis Statement

  • R=Reasons

  • E=Evidence

Writing Strategy: WWW

What=2, How=2
WWW, What =2, How=2 is a strategy that you can use for narrative writing. Narrative writing tells a story about a real or imagined event or experience. Follow these steps to use the WWW, What=2, How=2 writing strategy.

  • WWW

  • Who

  • When

  • Where

  • 2 Whats

  • 2 Hows

  1. Who is the main character?
When does the story take place?

  3. Where does the story take place?

  4. What do the characters do or want to do?

  5. How does the main character feel, and what has he or she learned?

  6. What happens in the narrative?

  7. How does your story end?

Writing a Research Paper

"A research paper uses information from multiple sources and your own analysis to explain a topic."
Students will use the POW and TIDE writing strategies to plan and write their research paper. Pages 399-400 in the ReaL Book will help teach the following: how to Cite Works, Evaluating Sources, Analyzing Information, and using Transition words and phrases when you write.

Each strategy has an easy to follow graphic organizer that can be used in teaching students how to incorporate these writing strategies into their everyday lives. 

"Writing strategies are not just for your reading or an English classes. You can use these strategies in any class when you are asked to write."

"When you practice using these strategies, you remember them. Then they become part of your own personal toolkit."

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