Using Student Models in Teaching Writing
One way to encourage and support student writing is to provide existing models of student work. Providing students with a range in the quality of models at each step of writing can support them in understanding what makes for higher-quality writing. The class as a whole can then dissect and notice the key features of argument in models to help become familiar with this type of writing.
Teachers can also look at models of student writing (generally obtained both outside the classroom and from other students within the classroom) to better understand how adolescents write and what they might have difficulty with. Examples of student writing may reveal that students struggle with some aspects more than others. This kind of analysis can help teachers shape and focus the feedback they give to their classes.