Write What You Like: Creative and Purposeful Writing for Teens
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.
Bridget Smith M.Ed.
735 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
Once per week
learners per class
per learner - per class
How does an "Ongoing" course work?
Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills
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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.
Homework is optional in the class. Students are encouraged to take their graphic organizers and use them to create more developed writing projects. Students will have about 15 minutes of independent work time in class, but may want to take additional time outside of class to complete their writing projects. Homeschool families are invited to take the lessons learned in class as well as the graphic organizers prepared to complete writing projects outside of class.
Plenty of paper and a pen or pencil. PDF versions of templates can be printed before class or copied from Google Doc versions.
I am willing to provide learners with a narrative evaluation upon request. Your teen can also keep a portfolio of their work to document their progress. Learners may volunteer their work for peer editing activities to get peer and teacher feedback.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
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
Bridget Smith M.Ed.
Educator, Writer, Traveler, and Mom to Kids with Learning Differences
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
735 total reviews
1098 completed classes
I love being part of the Outschool learning community! I offer courses for neurodiverse 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...