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Write What You Like: Creative and Purposeful Writing for Teens
Bridget Smith M.Ed.
In this ongoing class, teens will use graphic organizers to learn to plan writing projects including creative, persuasive, argumentative, informative, and narrative writing. Supports are provided for neurodivergent teens who have great ideas, but have trouble focusing and putting words to paper as well as dyslexic and dysgraphic learners. #academic
Learners who find writing challenging, especially those with dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD and other learning differences, are more willing to write if they can choose to write about a topic that interests them. This class is called "Write What You Like" because learners will have the opportunity to choose to work on their own writing projects during independent work time. Since teens are encouraged to do many forms of writing during their middle school/junior high and high school years,...
Students become familiar with different creative writing genres and types of academic writing. They will use graphic organizers to record their ideas and plan their writing.
Bridget Smith is a credentialed K-12 teacher, a published writer, and the mom to learners with dyslexia and dysgraphia. She has extensive experience supporting kids with ADHD and other learning differences here on the Outschool platform. Bridget offers a series of "Write What You Like" classes to assist students with ADHD, dyslexia, and dysgraphia get thoughts out of their heads and onto paper in order to plan out and support academic and creative writing. She also offers "Real People Real History", "Books for All Kids" , and "Book for All Teens" book studies that help support all learners, including those with dyslexia and dysgraphia as they explore history and fiction written from diverse perspectives.
Plenty of paper and a pen or pencil. PDF versions of templates can be printed before class or copied from Google Doc versions.
We use Google Docs for templates, writing, and peer editing. We may also use Google Jamboard for brainstorming.
Teacher developed templates of graphic organizers using the Google Docs format. For more information on how graphic organizers can help students with ADHD, poor working memory, dysgraphia, and other learning differences please see the following articles by these valuable organizations that support parents and teachers of students with learning disabilities: Nationally recognized resource for teachers and parents who work with kids with learning differences https://www.understood.org/en/articles/8-tools-for-kids-with-dysgraphia National policy advocacy group and educational resource for individuals with learning disabilities and those who support them. https://ldaamerica.org/info/graphic-organizers/ Bilingual education and literacy and language organization funded by the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association https://www.colorincolorado.org/article/graphic-organizers-help-kids-writing Meta Analysis published in Learning Disability Quarterly https://sim.ku.edu/sites/sim.drupal.ku.edu/files/images/general/Handouts/Graphic%20OrganizersDexter.pdf Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) resource on meeting the needs of students with ADHD in the classroom. https://chadd.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FinalTeacherCard2019.pdf
Meet the teacher
I love being part of the Outschool learning community! I offer courses for neurodivergent kids and teens and students with learning disabilities as well as book studies, note taking, and writing classes that are accessible to all learners. I...
1x per week
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(1)
Completed by 7 learners
Live video meetings
3-12 learners per class