Introduction to Writing Lessons The following ten lessons focus on particular writing skills for ELA instruction for the tenth grade. The first two lessons focus on the skills of listening and note-taking; the first offers practice and the second models note-taking. The third lesson in the set focuses on the skill of using primary and secondary sources for research purposes, through the activity of creating an MLA-style Works Cited Page. The fourth in the group is a parallel structure lesson that aims at teaching students to use correct grammatical constructions in their writing. The last of the separate skills group of lessons teaches paragraphing, by having students address the paragraph as a distinct unit that must express one clear main idea. Each of these lessons lead to students creating a written product; these products range from a brief essay, to a collection of sentences employing parallel structure.
Lessons six-ten speak to the writing process, in particular the pre-writing activities of listing, clustering, asking questions, free-writing, annotating texts and taking notes, keeping a journal, talking and listening and the internet. By teaching students the various options for interpreting their writing situation and the work that needs to precede the drafting process, the plan is for students to engage with writing prompts and understand the planning options that they have. Overall, it is the goal of this collection of lessons to break the sometimes amorphous and overwhelming process of writing into separate and distinct steps, which students can master with models, guidance and practice.