22 Strategies to Help Learners Who Leave Out or Change Words While Writing

Are you looking for strategies to help students who leave out or change words while writing? If so, keep reading.

1. Assess the level of task difficulty to ascertain whether the student will require additional information, time, assistance, etc., before assigning a task.

2. Support the student in writing information. As the student shows success, slowly decrease the assistance, and require the student to assume more responsibility.

3. Inspect the student’s performance for accuracy when writing. Working quickly is acceptable if the student performs the task accurately.

4. Inspect the student’s work at several points throughout a writing task to detect any omissions, additions, or substitutions.

5. Take into account the student’s capacity and ability level and experience before expecting the student to finish tasks independently.

6. Dictate sentences to the student so they can practice writing simple sentences accurately.

7. Urge the student to create stories about topics that interest them to give more experiences in writing.

8. Get the student to practice writing simple sentences successfully without omissions, additions, and substitutions.

9. Provide the student a group of related words (e.g., baseball, fans, glove, strikeout, etc.) and have them make up a paragraph that includes each word.

10. Create an environmental setting for the classroom that promotes optimal individual performance (e.g., quiet room, background music, fresh air, etc.).

11. Provide the student a list of transition words (e.g., therefore, although, because, etc.) and have them make sentences using each word.

12. Make the student proofread all written work. Praise the student for each correction made.

13. Assess the visual and auditory stimuli in their surroundings and remove or lessen unnecessary environmental stimuli.

14. Show the student what they are doing wrong (hurrying just to get things done) and, what they must be doing (working slowly and carefully). For example: The student is hurrying through writing tasks. Tell them that they are hurrying and need to slow down and write carefully so the tasks will be correct.

15. Make sure the student is not interrupted or hurried when engaged in writing learning activities .

16. Get the student to assist in grading or proofreading other students’ written work to become more aware of omissions, additions, and substitutions.

17. Provide dictation sentences to the student to urge the successful writing of simple sentences.

18. Urge the student to read all written work aloud to detect omissions, additions, or substitutions.

19. Provide the student scrambled words from a sentence and have them put them in the correct order to form the sentence.

20. Get the student to ask for help when they need it.

21. Consider using one of the apps on one of our best writing apps lists:

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