"Beena-I have been supporting them with prompts, clues, and a framework for writing but I find it the most demanding as it requires a lot of time for planning and preparation. Do you also feel the same?"Though it might have been mentioned in your posting, be sure to provide a fair amount of illustrations on the chalkboard about important key-points on how to write as a beginner students---handouts may not yet be suitable at this time for a beginner writer. In addition, be to facilitate adequate silent time for your students to allow brainstorming for good topics you know they would most likely be inspired to write about, and can articulate on paper with some ease.If your students have not yet understood well the foundation of English language and its guidelines, (e.g., English grammar), it might also be of help if you can facilitate an informal Q & A class participation, so that you as an educator would know how to assist your students on their weak writing strengths---as they draft their first paragraph. Beena---Are you asking your students to write a response from a book chapter they are reading in class? This strategy is called-reflection writing. Try disseminating short articles in class, or have them do a mild research on their own time at home, and ask that they write about the article story they had read, after.For beginner writer, I do highly suggest students do a combo task-reading and writing. These two academic skills cannot be separated in our cadre apart from one another---they are married to each other and cannot be divorced, (i.g., if a person can read, a person should also know how to write with less difficulty, and do the vice versa). Students should not be made to feel sequestered in your writing class-be sure to encourage an interactive writing learning environment; especially for a beginner classroom. Yes, I do agree with you-teaching is a demanding job. I hope those tips are helpful. Good Luck, Beena from Nepal.
Those are great resources, Betsy. Thanks for sharing. The "Four ways to Integrate Direct Quotes" resource from your blog post is particularly relevant to my instructional context.