Students can naturally enjoy expressing themselves in with the written word. While being the most complex cognitive activity–requiring attentiveness, memory, imagination, organization, sequencing, vocabulary, grammar, and visualization—students can be brought to a natural pleasure and pride in being able to write well. Learning to do so goes beyond the writing stages of pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing and publishing. While helpful organizational steps, these do not actually help a train a child to develop meaningful and coherent text. Writing instruction must train students in a consistent pattern of thinking activity that is developed from Kindergarten through 8th grade, providing a reliable pattern of how to think when writing. With this foundation, students can then enjoy learning to improve their writing through vocabulary, grammar, style, research, and imagination. Writing instruction should lead all students to feel confident and proficient in expressing their thoughts in writing.

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School