…when it comes to writing, try ‘BITE-SIZING’ things (and properly SCAFFOLDING them ‘en route’ to the thing as well).
So, for example instead of asking them to write a WHOLE essay, just give them 5-10 essay TASKS to read, and get them to only write e.g. a THESIS STATEMENT to each.
Or just the INTRODUCTION.
Or just a BODY PARAGRAPH.
And all this too AFTER you’ve actually TAUGHT them what a thesis statement (or introduction or body paragraph) is
HOW to write one (i.e. by identifying the required communicative purpose first, etc.)
Are you trying this?
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