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Help Your Child Build Writing Skills

Date: January 13, 2010

Summary: Shelbie Witte of the Florida State University Writing Project shares her list of practical strategies for helping children become better writers.


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What's a parent to do? Shelbie Witte, an assistant professor in English education at Florida State University in Tallahassee, says the best way parents can help a child write is to encourage him to embrace the concept of revision. "Adolescents are really stubborn about revision," Witte says. "This generation's attitude is, once we do something we want to move on to the next thing and be done with it."

Teachers, already stretched thin by a demanding curriculum, often spend so much time getting kids to write a rough draft that there's little time for revision, says Witte, who taught language arts at the secondary level in Oklahoma and Kansas and was a 2008 finalist for Kansas Teacher of the Year.

Here are her strategies for helping your child become a better writer.

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