Learning Resources for Teaching Muslim Children
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Writing Instruction Tips
During the revision stage, the writer may also want
to get a response from a reader.
Below is a sample writing "curriculum" that I have compiled.
My approach was to rotate back and forth between the four categories, i.e. one week descriptive writing, say write about a person, the next week, expository-compare two things, the next week, persuasive writing, and so forth, cycling between the four categories.
Keep completed assignments in a portfolio or web gallery. Children usually love to go back and read completed work and you can also share it with others.
I. Descriptive Writing
a. Person (e.g. describe the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam)
b. Place (e.g. the Kabah)
d. Menu descriptions
II. Expository Writing
a. Compare/Contrast (two things)
b. Process/procedure/how to
i. How to perform something (e.g. wudhu, salat)
ii. How to make something (craft, recipe, etc.)
iv. Survey results analysis
iii. letter of complaint, recommendation
e. research report
f. reaction (e.g. to current events)
h. response to literature
i. Preface/forward to a book
j. News article
III. Persuasive Writing
i. Book review
ii. Restaurant review
iii. Game review
iv. Opinion on an issue (editorial)
v. Product evaluation
vi. Letter of recommendation
vii. Job application/cover letter
b. Influence reader’s thinking (e.g. advertisement, billboard)
a. Personal narrative
b. Short story
A handy chart of ideas to use for prewriting activities using the 5Ws and How.
Great Beginnings (NEW!)
Having trouble coming up with an interesting beginning
for your paragraph, essay, report?
Ideas on how to begin a piece of writing, plus examples.
Use this activity on a regular basis to improve sentence writing.
This has been a very effective activity for helping my children write better sentences.
We use this on a weekly basis with vocabulary words from anywhere.
Walk through writing a five sentence paragraph, includes proofreading checklist.
Use this activity to walk through the steps of the writing process
to complete writing assignments.
Cards to use with The Writing Game. Can be used separately as a writing handbook.
Other visual aids that I have made: ( I hope to post soon, insha Allah:) We either compile them in a binder or post on the wall.
When my students are writing, I strongly encourage them to use them as much as they can. Eventually they will not need to use them as they tend to internalize the different tips, rules, etc.
Effective sentences (word choice, sentence structure)
Compare/Contrast Helping Words
Sequence Transition words
Example topic sentences
Example graphic organizers
Signal words (similar to transitional words)
Paragraph Structure (paragraph stoplight)
Worksheets created for writing practice.
All but one have an Islamic theme or mini–Islamic lesson.
Alphabet & Word Practice
(bonus mini Islamic lesson)
(bonus mini Islamic lesson)
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Friday, October 27, 2006
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