There’s no denying that writing is hard work. In fact, students’ most common complaint is how difficult it is to get their many ideas down on a page in an organized manner. RRLS Power Writing classes and camps teach students practical ways to work through the feelings of intimidation and anxiety that often come along with a writing assignment.
Power Writing teaches students from grades 2 to 8 a numeric approach to structuring sentences, paragraphs, and essays. By applying a systematic approach to writing, and by teaching graphic and visual organizers, students learn tools and strategies that help them avoid feeling paralyzed or overwhelmed when sitting down to write.
One of the main goals of Power Writing is to reduce a student’s anxiety surrounding written expression. That’s why we use interactive games and activities to introduce concepts. We focus on strategies that increase a student’s confidence in their ability to clearly communicate ideas in a variety of written formats.
Who Benefits from Power Writing?
Power Writing is designed for students who struggle to express themselves in written form. These students often feel intimidated by the writing process, confused about where to begin, and overwhelmed by a wealth of ideas. Power Writing helps break down the writing process into manageable pieces. Students learn strategies that not only improve their writing, but also prevent them from feeling stuck and frustrated.
How Does it Work?
The Power Writing Program is made up of three sequential parts:
- Familiarizes students with the numbered approach to writing:
- Focuses on writing basics:
-Power 1 (main idea)
-Power 2 (supporting ideas)
-Power 3 (extra details)
-Understanding parts of speech (i.e., verbs, adverbs, nouns, adjectives, etc.)
-Constructing well-written sentences and paragraphs
- Develops students’ ability to construct more complex sentences and paragraphs
- Expands into writing comprehensive five-paragraph style essays
In addition, the Power Writing Program uses a take-home workbook with 10 dynamic lessons designed to:
- Engage the student
- Stimulate creative processes
- Serve as a resource and reference for future independent writing projects
Disclaimer: RRLS group classes require a minimum number of students to run effectively. Families will be notified two weeks before the class start date if there is a risk of cancellation. In the event of a class cancellation, registrants will be given notice a week in advance of the camp start date. Participants will then have the option of transferring to another class or service, or receiving a full refund.
Power Writing FAQs
Power Writing can be used effectively with students seeking both enrichment and remediation.
Enrichment: Power Writing is ideal for students ready to broaden their craft and apply these new skills to a variety of writing genres (i.e., narrative, expository, or descriptive prose).
Remediation: Power Writing’s systematic approach provides students with a clear and concise map to composing written work. This approach is beneficial for students with learning differences in reading, written expression, and executive functioning issues, as well as for students with ADD/ADHD.
-A systematic approach to building sentences, paragraphs, and ultimately essays
-Strategies for organizing thoughts, including brainstorming skills
-Improved sentence variety, vocabulary, and fluency, which leads to an enhanced writing style
-Strategies for unlocking creative writing ability
-Approaches that demystify the writing process and increase confidence.