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      Overview: Talking with Teachers about Writing Applications

      Writers select appropriate forms -- narrative, informational and persuasive--to address particular audiences and purposes. For example, a letter to a friend is different from a response to literature in both form and content. Writers use various forms and structures to solve problems, identify issues, pose questions and develop ideas. The thought process used to compose these varied forms is influenced by the audience as well as by the information that the writer organizes. Writing is both a tool for thinking and a means of communication.

      Each time writers work within a different form, they become more experienced with the process and the product. The word application means putting something to use. In this instance, it refers to the skills of working within various types of writing.

      In addition to giving students ample opportunities to practice writing, teachers must take an active role in helping students become better writers. Teachers should present errors as opportunities to rewrite and improve.

      The Ohio Academic Content Standards establish the following expectations for student performance in the area of Writing Applications:

      • Students understand that various types of writing require different language and formatting;
      • Students explain why some text forms are more suited to a purpose than others;
      • Students use content-specific vocabulary to achieve communication goals;
      • Students control the language and structural features of a wide variety of text forms;
      • Students select text forms, choose vocabulary and structure writing to suit purpose and audience.

      The content in this Teaching Tool is based on Ohio's Academic Content Standards and Benchmarks and includes the types of questions asked on the Ohio Graduation Test in Writing. While various suggestions and activities for working with students are included, this Teaching Tool is designed to complement a rigorous, research-based curriculum, not to substitute for one.

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