Lesson 6:

Charles teaches writing by copying

Everyday Charles writes a short Daily News paragraph on chart paper. He has his children write the same paragraph by copying it in their notebooks. Charles allows the children to copy the paragraph because the children otherwise do not know how to write.

Why this lesson falls short for some children...

Copying is ineffective to learning how to write as it is a mindless task that does not involve the same thought processes that would be used to write in a real context. Children need to be specifically taught the letter-sound knowledge needed to write as they cannot glean this knowledge by merely copying.

Learn to teach this lesson properly

  • Teach writing in a way that develops children’s letter-sound knowledge.
  • Teach children writing strategies that are more effective than copying words.
  • Teach children writing by using the same thought processes that are used in actual writing contexts.

Improve your instruction of young learners

To learn the specific methods for teaching this lesson correctly, please see Programs and Get the Books.