“Writing challenges students to think about print.”
​-International Reading Association & Association for Education of Young Children, 1998


What is conventional writing?

Conventional writing is

 

 


How can we teach conventional writing?

Conventional writing…

 

Which students would benefit from conventional writing instruction?

Students who:
  • are interested and engaged during shared reading interactions
  • know most of the letters (name or sound) on most of the days
  • understand that print has meaning
  • are starting to select letters specifically when writing (e.g. ‘d’ for dad)
  • are writing with a pencil or alternative pencil and
  • have a means of communication and use it to initiate exchanges and interact with others.

How can students benefit from conventional writing instruction?

Conventional writing


Where can I learn more?

PictureLanguage Experience and Authentic Writing
The language experience approach is a way of working on reading and writing which draws on a student’s own language and experiences and uses the spoken word as a basis for reading and writing. This presentation explores how the language experience approach might be used with students with significant disabilities to create common learning experience and co-construct stories together.


Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) – Writing: Getting Started with Narrative Writing
This module describes narrative writing and explains how to support students in writing about familiar experiences. Participants will identify possible topics for students to write about, as well as examine narrative writing drafts by students with significant cognitive disabilities.
Online Self-directed Module
Facilitated Module Materials for Groups


Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) – Writing: Getting Started in Writing Arguments
After completing this module, participants will be able to describe the difference between persuasion and arguments, identify ways to use familiar student experiences in instruction, and create mentor texts based on student preferences.
Online Self-directed Module
Facilitated Module Materials for Groups


Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) – Writing Information and Explanation Texts
This module focuses on approaches that help students learn to select topics and write to share information or explain what they know about them.
Online Self-directed Module
Facilitated Module Materials for Groups


Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) – Writing: Production and Distribution
This module address the need to provide students with significant cognitive disabilities with access to a means of writing as well as sound and well-balanced instruction in the cognitive acts that writing requires.
Online Self-directed Module
Facilitated Module Materials for Groups


Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) – Writing: Research and Range of Writing
This module focuses on writing instruction designed to help students with significant cognitive disabilities ultimately develop the capacity to build knowledge on a subject through research and to respond through writing while keeping a focus on a range of purposes and audiences for writing.
Online Self-directed Module
Facilitated Module Materials for Groups


Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) – Writing: Text Types and Purposes
This module provides a brief overview of writing in the DLM™ Essential Elements with an emphasis on teaching students with significant cognitive disabilities how to use print or braille to communicate to different people for different reasons.
Online Self-directed Module
Facilitated Module Materials for Group