Reading and writing have a reciprocal relationship and provide insights to both processes for striving readers. This chapter offers five reasons for using authentic writing activities to support the development of striving readers, as well as five ways to use writing to enhance reading ability!
Reasons for Using Authentic Writing Activities to Support the Development of Striving Readers:
1. Writing and reading are naturally connected.
2. Teaching writing and reading together make both more accessible.
3. Writing enables children to interact with text in a variety of ways to enhance understanding.
4. Writing helps readers make sense of reading.
5. Children learn best when using both writing and reading to explore topics of interest.
Five Ways to Use Writing to Enhance Reading Ability:
1. Focused Writers' Workshop
2. Read-Aloud Free Response
3. Two-Column Notes
4. Language Experience Approach (LEA)
5. Directed Writing-Thinking Activity (DW-TA)