Improving Writing Ability?Can someone introduces some specific ways to improve ability of writing please? If there are some books are suitalbe for students to look or recite in order to help them...

Improving Writing Ability?

Can someone introduces some specific ways to improve ability of writing please? If there are some books are suitalbe for students to look or recite in order to help them improve their writing ability, pls also tell me. ( Like the New Concept English? )

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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After years of teaching, I disagree that you must work through each step of the process. Writing is a process, and if we try to teach our students that there is one correct process, we are doing them a dissercvice and quite likely squelching their writing desire. Certainly we should teach them the components of writing and quality writing such as: effective beginning, middles, and ends; the use of writing conventions; how to generate ideas; revising and etc. However, they must each discover how their own individual process works best. 

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lequam | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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Writing is a process, and understanding the work that is involved in the process is one of the hardest steps of writing.  In order to write well and to learn to improve your writing ability, you must work through each step of the process. 

The first step of the process is freewriting.  After choosing a topic, write freely about that topic with as few restrictions on yourself as possible.  Brainstorming, outlining, mapping and webbing can also be a part of the freewriting step. 

The second step of the writing process is drafting.  Rvision is an integral part of good writing, and the first draft will need to be reworked again and again.  The first part of drafting is working on getting the ideas down on paper and organizing the ideas in a logical way.  Choosing and writing toward a specific audience is also an important part of the drafting step.  Once the ideas are down on paper, the rewriting and revising process can begin. 

Peer critiques and editing are also an important aspect of writing.  Have others read and critique your paper, and talk through your paper with them and critique your own writing. 

Some books that may be helpful to you in improving your writing are as follows:  Writing a Research Paper by Phyllis Goldenberg, Writing About Literature by Edgar V. Roberts, and The Decisive Writer by Kathryn Rosser Raign.

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