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Writing Topics -- Teacher or Student Choice?!
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Please give me your opinion with reasons on the advantages / disadvantages of students choosing their own weekly writing topics  vs.  teacher-generated list from which to choose topics or prompts.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lynn Saavedra Aug 27, 2012.

 

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Lynn Saavedra replied to Donna Coombs's discussion Writing Topics -- Teacher or Student Choice?!
"In the past I have provided a general subject and let my students narrow it to a manageable topic. For example, this essay will be about holidays. They could narrow that to my 3 favorite holidays, 3 family activities that occur during holidays, 3…"
Aug 27, 2012
Melody L. Polson replied to Donna Coombs's discussion Writing Topics -- Teacher or Student Choice?!
"I implemented a 'lifebook' homework assignment in 6th grade. The lifebook came out of the invitational two years ago, when a dear friend attended... I find that some students have a miserable time finding a topic, while others can't…"
Apr 5, 2011
Donna Coombs replied to Donna Coombs's discussion Writing Topics -- Teacher or Student Choice?!
"THANKS, Rose!  This is extremely helpful.  What I've done so far is give a list of MANY prompts/topics that vary from fun creative to persuasive writing.  I've asked students to write me a short letter requesting a topic of…"
Feb 28, 2011
Vy (Vee) replied to Donna Coombs's discussion Writing Topics -- Teacher or Student Choice?!
"If student could choice their  own writing topics, they would have more inspiration to write. It is easier to write about fields that we have most knowledge and interest. The weak side here is that students would not be widen their vocabulary…"
Feb 27, 2011
Donna Coombs replied to Donna Coombs's discussion Topic CHOICES -- teacher's or free-for-all ?! in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"THANKS for the wonderful replies & help!  This is a middle school class which definitely includes some struggling writers!  I have given the option of choosing from my list of prompts or choosing their own individual idea.  I also…"
Feb 24, 2011
Joan Jung replied to Donna Coombs's discussion Topic CHOICES -- teacher's or free-for-all ?! in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"I had a discussion this week with my grade 4 class about what they liked about writing. Top two answers- free choice of topics, and our writer's notebooks.  The majority of our writing is free choice, however- we do have some prompted…"
Feb 3, 2011
Mary Starrs Armstrong replied to Donna Coombs's discussion Topic CHOICES -- teacher's or free-for-all ?! in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"Dealing with the ongoing situation of reluctant and resistant writers is tricky and, frankly, wearing. Students  who "don't know what to write about" need nudging towards topics. Giving them a list of topics, or having…"
Feb 3, 2011
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Writing Topics -- Teacher or Student Choice?!

Please give me your opinion with reasons on the advantages / disadvantages of students choosing their own weekly writing topics  vs.  teacher-generated list from which to choose topics or prompts.
Feb 3, 2011
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Topic CHOICES -- teacher's or free-for-all ?!

What are the advantages/disadvantages of giving students a list of prompts/topics from which to choose vs. allowing students to choose their own topic for weekly writing assignments?  I look forward to feedback and ideas to support either view!See More
Feb 3, 2011

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