"Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers." - Isaac Asimov

writing clinic small group instruction

Writing Clinics

Small Group Instruction:  Grades 6-8


Dynamic writing is a process. One of the best ways to enhance writing is for small groups of students to become a collective “think tank”, brainstorming and sharing ideas together. Given an audience, middle school students generate enthusiasm about their ideas. By offering and receiving constructive feedback, students identify a writer’s strengths and weaknesses and learn to effectively revise their own writing. The writing clinics provide critical skills necessary for academic success while having fun at the same time.  


Focus of Individualized Instruction

  • The Writing Process – brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, publishing

  • Structured expository writing

  • Sentence and paragraph structure

  • Grammar, punctuation, and capitalization rules

  • Paragraph types – example, reason, process, compare/contrast, classification, definition

  • Essay writing


Writing Clinic Details

  • Offered during the school year

  • Grades 6-8

  • A minimum of two students and a maximum of four students

  • Eight-week sessions

  • Wednesday evenings – 7:00-8:30

  • To maximize instructional time, students are encouraged to finish a piece of writing at home in preparation for the following lesson.

  • Access to a laptop is helpful but not required