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Summer 2016

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Article Teaching Struggling Writers to Be Strategic: How to Write Good Compare-Contrast Essays Dr. Mei Shen Dr. Gary A. Troia Why Do Our Students Struggle with Writing? Writing plays a critical role in the lives of our students. They need to demonstrate sufficient writing skills to meet school curriculum demands and to succeed in their classes, especially those which use writing as a major tool for assessing learning and academic performance. They also need to be able to use writing as a tool for increasing their knowledge in different subject areas and deepening their understanding of themselves and the world around them (Graham & Perin, 2007). However, writing is a complex undertaking that requires students to not only apply their knowledge about topics, genres, and language, but also to monitor and regulate their writing-related thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and to maintain a positive attitude toward writing (Troia, 2006). Therefore, it is not SUMMER 2016 | VOLUME 62 | NUMBER 2 | PAGE 40

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