Three Steps to Effective Writing

Written Expression is a three-step combination of auditory and visual skills that requires the participation of a writer and a receiver.

It is the job of the writer to use words in a way that describes an idea so that the receiver can picture the meaning of those words.

While it seems to be an easy assignment, your child may not know how to get started because the three steps need organization, planning, and mental imagery combined with the vocabulary to describe the images, the understanding of how to make transitions between thoughts, and the ability to clearly express the ‘point’ of the information.

The three steps are:

Step #1: Picture an idea

Step #2: Find words to describe the idea

Step #3: Structure those words in a way that creates a picture for the reader

The formula for successful writing is P + DW + S = C

Picture + Descriptive Words + Structure = Clarity