Tips for Helping Struggling Writers

Students struggle with writing for many reasons.  Can you offer a tip for dealing with a specific obstacle that has worked for you in helping a struggling student writer?

For example, I had a student who had no conception of what sentence means.  He thought that a sentence was whatever was on one line of a piece of paper.  So, I tried this.  As he wrote, I asked him to make his periods way-big.  Ginormously huge.  My thought was that if he took the time to make a really big period, he would also be using that time to consider why he was putting it there.  I only had this student for one semester, and he showed some progress during that time.

If you use this strategy, please let me know how it works for you.  Thanks.

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