Using FIVES for Writing: Communicating, Thinking, and Learning Effectively
Helps educators of all grades have their students meet the standards for writing competence, covering everything from constructed response paragraphs and integrated response essays to practical written expression. In The FIVES Strategy for Reading Comprehension (2016), Mary Shea and Nancy Roberts guide educators through effective reading instruction, providing a roadmap for readers of all skill levels to internalize. Now, in Using FIVES for Writing Shea and Roberts expand their technique to help students of all grades meet the standards for writing competence - covering everything from constructed response paragraphs and integrated response essays to practical written expression. Based on years of hands-on classroom experience and research, Using FIVES for Writing breaks down the steps for both reading with understanding and writing with confidence: Recognizing writing as a Fundamental life skill. Identifying all pre-writing considerations. Visualizing the plan for an ABBC paragraph. Expanding the process to an effective essay. Synthesizing information from multiple sources. The parallel processes of reading and writing are gatekeepers to student success and are essential skills for lifelong learning. It is never too late for effective instruction to make a difference in how students are able to engage in language processes - gathering ideas, drawing informed conclusions, and expressing their own thinking - but there is never a better time to start than now.