A USER-FRIENDLY Writing Program/Manual?
What does that mean?
Definition: User friendly – Easy to use.
What issues are you experiencing? How we help.
Issue 1: Finding it difficult to task analyze and sequence a writing program that works for your students?
TW Manual: Talk to Write does that for you.
Issue 2: Existing writing programs describe but don’t show you what teacher led activities should look like?
TW Manual: The TW manual provides text boxes showing you lesson agendas as well as answer sheets for all activities.
Issue 3: Find it hard to locate forms you or your students need to use for any one activity?
TW Manual: Don’t search! Each TW lesson ends with that lesson’s forms, answer sheets, AND extra exercises for more student practice.
Issue 4: Unsure about how to explain existing program’s exercises so your students understand, practice, and acquire needed skills?
TW Manual: The first 4 lessons of the TW manual are scripted. All other lessons provide supplemental scripts.
Issue 5: Need a program that your aide or teaching partner can follow?
TW Manual: The TW manual provides an checklist of activities for each lesson.
During the pilot, this checklist allowed the teacher to identify the instructional steps the aide would need to do with a student who missed a day of class.
Issue 6: The approved writing skills program has lovely illustrations, but has not been piloted or proven to work.
TW Manual: The TW Manual is research based and was piloted in a small N study.
These are the steps students will independently say and do to write a coherent developed persuasive essay… the type of essay that forms the foundation for most if not all academic writing tasks.
About the Author
Dr. Davis-Perkins has presented and published on topics that include: student engagement; tapping neuro-linguistic skills to ease the writing process, building independent, confident writers; the language of effective teaching; and selecting books appropriate to developmental age. Her experiences include: co-creator of the Talk/Write (Using Talk to Write) workshops and pilot; an educational consultant to high school staff; a speech- language specialist in schools as well as hospitals, and high school English teacher. She has presented for: the California Speech Hearing Association (CSHA), the California Association of Bilingual Educators (CABE), and The Tutor Group Radio Show, among others.
Maria is the lead author of the Talk/Write Manual, a teacher training manual developed from a research based pilot study conducted in Barstow, California. The manual provides teachers with instructional methods and sequenced activities that help struggling writers tap existing oral language (neuro-linguistic) skills to ease the writing process.