Managing the Writing Classroom

Teaching writing can be a challenging task, even for seasoned educators. Teachers may feel that they lack adequate resources for planning a writing lesson, and students may feel that they lack the skills to write effective, meaningful pieces. Such issues can contribute to classroom management concerns.

Teachers can help prevent management issues by providing students with clear expectations, engaging students in the learning process, presenting and modeling desired behavior, and eliminating roadblocks to learning. Voyages in English, a comprehensive writing and grammar program published by Loyola Press, can assist teachers in all of these areas.

Scoring rubrics can be used to present students with clear expectations for each writing assignment. Rubrics, which tie evaluation criteria with the learning objectives of each assignment, help students understand what is expected of them. Each grade of Voyages in English comes with eight sets of customized rubrics, one set for each of the eight writing genres taught in the series.

Voyages in English provides teachers with ideas for engaging students in interactive learning. The brief For Tomorrow and Writer’s Corner assignments for each writing lesson help students make connections between each concept and its real-world application. The Warm-Up activities offer ideas for small-group discussion that helps reinforce new concepts. The Tech Tips provide ideas for engaging students through the use of technology.

The seven-step writing process used in the Voyages in English Writer’s Workshops can be used to model effective writing. Each stage of the writing process includes appropriate examples that students can use as they engage in the Writer’s Workshop. The Student Edition also includes literature links, which provide additional examples of published works that reinforce the writing genres and lessons being taught.

Additional teaching options provided in Voyages in English help teachers remove roadblocks by giving ideas for presenting lessons in new and different ways. The options are grounded in research and include ideas for teaching to multiple intelligences and to English-language learners. The series also helps students learn how to effectively use the traits of good writing such as tone, voice, organization, and word choice.

These ideas can be used to help prevent classroom management issues, and more importantly, to help students develop as effective thinkers, writers, and speakers.