At long last, my old website you-can-teach-writing has been reborn as YCTWriting.com.
This baby is smaller, more focused, and crafted specifically for experienced teachers who want a simple-to-learn, simple-too-teach method build to withstand changes in textbooks, technologies, and revised state standards.
I built yctwriting.com to equip folks who feel inadequately prepared to teach writing to teens or adult students but have to do it anyway — folks like me my first time teaching writing (only smarter and better looking).
What’s at YCTWriting.com
1. Simple procedures for teachers. My detailed statement of everything you need to teach students so that they can write expository texts consists of 10 sentences. It’s fewer than 150 words total.
2. Simple procedures for students. Everything teens and adult students need to do to write expository nonfiction is distilled into eight sentences, totaling 35 words.
3. A recognition that simple doesn’t mean easy. My method of teaching writing is simple, but it’s not easy.
As a teacher, you can’t teach writing and teach all the units and lessons you’re used to using. Before you can start teaching writing, you have to select what is essential for you to teach along with writing. That means you have to do the educational equivalent of clearing out the house Gramma lived in for 87 years.
Your students’ role isn’t easy either. Learning what to do — memorizing the eight sentences and learning what they mean — is just the beginning. Just like the basketball players who learn, “Put the ball in the basket,” the writers who learn, “Make a thesis statement” still have a lot to learn before they can implement that procedure.
What’s not at YCTWriting.com
I’ve omitted pages on grammar, punctuation, usage, syntax, and style, which were part of my first site. Isn’t necessary to teach classes in those topics as part of teaching writing. In fact, those topics can actually hold students back from learning the bigger issues of writing.
I’ve also moved most of the discussion of writing prompts to a dedicated site, PenPrompts.com. That is not useful to teachers until they’ve mastered the instructional strategies and writing strategies I teach at YCTWriting.com, and teachers who don’t teach writing per se can use writing prompts for teaching.
How YCTWriting will affect this blog’s readers
Sooner or later, I will be move back issues of this blog to YCTWriting.
My intended redirect did not work at all. After a year of trying to make it work, I returned to WordPress.com hosting again.
My new site host presently allows for people to subscribe to blogs via RSS but not via email. I have to see if I can’t figure out a work-around for subscribers who get the blog posts by email. I’ll let you know what’s happening before I move the blog posts and do my best to make it easy for you to sign up again if that’s required.