Twenty-First Century Skills emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making. The thinking involved in Structured Writing centers on all three of these areas. Each step of the process depends on the application of strong literal, inferential, and evaluative comprehension.
Students are expected to center their paragraph development through a step-by-step analysis that addresses multiple causes or consequences, as well as an in-depth exploration of how one concept or idea influences other concepts or ideas.
The Structure Writing paragraph addresses the need for teaching writing within each discipline, as well as, applying writing skills to problem solving situations. Students gain proficiency in gathering and organizing relevant data/information, as well as how to apply the information towards a greater product.
Instructional practice must be devoted to the belief that students learn to evaluate behaviors and actions presented through the curriculum. This includes student proficiency in analyzing central ideas from multiple sources. The steps of the Structured Writing process facilitate student evaluation of literary, historical, and scientific behavior. Students learn to engage in meaningful exploration of how one action or behavior affects others and the influence of specific actions on central ideas, themes, and hypotheses. This in-depth reflective process enhances the likelihood of meaningful connections and logical explanations.
With these strategies, students gain proficiency in expressing a point of view and a comfort in persuading others to consider specific ideas. Students structure presentations in a logical manner. This logic is designed to match the audience and the type of message being delivered.
Students apply the Structured Writing process to communicate several instructional demands. Each analytical paragraph enhances comprehension and conceptual understanding.
Here are a few examples of this connection.
• Explain how one event or action influences subsequent behaviors or actions.
• Analyze personal perspective and/or the perspective of others.
• Make connections among disciplines or between self and a significant concept.
• Evaluate information for in-depth analysis.
• Assess multiple interpretations.