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What is important of writing skills?

What is important of writing skills?

Writing abilities are crucial for a number of reasons, including:

Writing is a common method of communication in a variety of contexts, including academic, professional, and personal ones. Effective written communication enables people to successfully express their ideas, thoughts, and opinions.

Education: Since students are frequently obliged to write essays, research papers, and other written assignments, writing abilities are a crucial component of education. Students who write well are better able to communicate their ideas and research findings in a logical and straightforward manner.

Self-expression and creativity: People can express themselves artistically and explore their feelings and thoughts through writing.

Writing proficiency is required for all types of papers, including historical, legal, medical, and corporate contracts. In this kind of paper, it's crucial to be able to speak clearly and effectively.

Clarity of thought: Writing may aid in thinking with clarity and organization, which can aid in making decisions and addressing problems.
For overall successful communication, education, professional growth, self-expression. documentation, and clarity of thinking, good writing abilities are crucial

1. Learning objectives

     After going through this unit, you will be able to

  • Specify the skills of writing.
  • Distinguish the mechanics of writing.
  • Compare the features of controlled and free composition activities  .
  • Specify the process of writing. 

2. Spelling rules

      Most standard grammar books include a chapter on spelling rules which give elaborate accounts relating to:

doubling consonants                       : travel - travelled

dropping letters                               : write - writing   

changing letters                               : apply - applied

       In addition to that, grammar books specify British and American spelling forms as well.

What we can do here is to devise certain strategies for handling spelling in the class by taking pupils spelling problems as basis. you will find many pupils finding difficulty with silent letters.

What kind of remedial activity would you like to ?

You may like to discuss with your pupils that "k" in front of "n" is generally silent. Ask pupils to supply words like knee where "k" is silent and write up the words on the blackboard. You may have a list like 

kneel              knew            knife                knight                knit

As an individual activity you may ask students to write their own words from the list .

            You may conduct a similar activity with the consonant sound 'wh" where "h" is generally silent.

The list can includes words like

Whole        What          whether             whey

which          while          while                  whim

Here are some more example that can engage your pupils in a spelling activity.

  • Find words where silent is dropped when a suffix is added come - coming, love - lovable
  • Ask pupils to spot the correct word eg deceive - deceive, fourty - forty
  • Display a chart in the class containing words that are generally misspelt. Such charts should be replaced after every fortnight.
  • Develop in pupils the habit of consulting a dictionary. 

3. Writing a paragraph

        The basic unit of composition is the paragraph. It is a structural piece of written test . In this section we shall look at the ways by which a paragraph is structured. 

Remember that an effective paragraph has three qualities

  • a central controlling idea.
  • adequate development of that idea and 
  • coherent connections between the parts of the paragraph.
In many paragraph it is possible to pin-point these characteristics precisely by marking off particular words and phrases. 

4. Letter writing

       Letter writing is an important writing activity in our school curriculum. Have you ever thought why such importance is given to letter writing ? At the upper primary level letter writing is one of the very few free writing activities that learners have to perform. Two reasons for this may be :

  • Letter writing supports real life and purposeful writing activity and
  • It helps learners to understand the full meaning of what communication for interactional purposes and communicative competence entail.
Communicative competence is the ability to use a language socially in a given context for meaningful purposes. We use the language to communicate something in the form of a letter to someone. It may be a formal letter or an informal letter. While formal letters are official informal letters are personal. In our personal letters we communicate our ideas, our feeling and so on.

A personal letter is an example of the creative use of language in an acceptable format. 

Most teachers will have the classroom experience that a large section of their pupils in a given class would find writing freely on their own an extremely challenging task. Hence it is propose that written work in the classroom must stress an the process more than the product.

Longer writing task are best done as homework  this saves time in class allows learners to spend as long as they need on them. But writing is especially letter writing task can be prepared by working together , brainstorming ideas, organizing your thoughts and making note. In other words the process part can be dealt with in the classroom.

As stated earlier letter writing activities at the upper primary level are largely personal letters. However there is the scope for practicing a few formal letters such as the following:

  • Letters to the heads of institution praying for leave of absence
  • Letters to the head of institution on allowing the class to visit the world Environment Day program held in the city etc. 

5. Writing as process

The word process in the present context, contrasts with the word product. One of the innovations in teaching methology of writing is the shift from product to process. You may like to know what this shift implies.

When we look at a writing task in terms of product we are concered with the following behavioural outcomes identified in the syllabus of NCERT as per NCF 2005. 

The focus is on the final product - the message, the letter etc. The shift to process can be explained by using the metapher of weaving. The process of writing can be compared to weaving.

Imagine the process involved in a creative writing activity, for example a story when we "weave" stories , one thread  may be our personal life, another thread may be our imagination, other threads may come from our social experiences and how they effect us in some way or the other.  


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