Every child has the potential to be a better writer.
For many students, writing is not an easy task. The ability to collect thoughts and put them into a well-organized, written format is often a daunting task that overwhelms even the most sincere student. Often the result is frustration that frequently is manifested in a variety of noncompliant behaviors. Homework becomes a battle between child and parent and when completed, the product is typically anything but stellar.
Every child has the potential to be a better writer. Discovering the secret to becoming a good writer does not come naturally. All children must be taught the specific steps used in the process of writing. Some catch on sooner than others. Too many children think their first draft should be their final product. This creates extensive frustration. The trick in teaching writing is to do so in a manner that catches their immediate attention and screams “This is easy!"
The focus on The Writing Clinic is on developing organization. It teaches the structure used in writing – specifically webbing in which visual diagrams help the student to organize and outline thoughts about a topic.
By focusing on the specifics of webbing, the student is able to quickly visualize ideas designed to assist in the pre-writing stage. By using the unique abilities of computer visualization, the student can rapidly switch between webbing and outlining formats. This enables the student to rapidly determine both the quality and quantity of their material. This visualization has been found to aid in rapid word recall and organizational skills. In short, the drudgery in writing is eliminated and the result is a well-organized outline full of information and details.
Everyone can improve his/her writing skills through the concepts taught in The Writing Clinic. However, those found to benefit the most include students who have the following difficulties:
• Organizing their thoughts
• Clarifying their thoughts
• Identifying relationships
• Capturing main ideas
Good writing doesn’t just happen. It’s a product of an organized and well-thought concept. Good writing is dependent upon:
• Focus: Everything should be about the central idea
• Support: Details back up the central idea
• Organization: Use a formula for organization
The Writing Clinic is designed to rapidly understand the process used in writing. It teaches the following elements:
• Visualization of thoughts
• Elements of an essay
• The importance of the prompt
• How to start the essay
• Supporting your ideas
• Combining sentences
• Use of adjectives and adverbs
• Use of transitions
Timothy P. Kowalski, M.A.,C.C.C.
1401 Edgewater Dr., Suite A • Orlando, FL 32804 407-245-1026