For example, don't say, "Say something new about your character (in reading)." Instead, tell your students, "Say something new about your character by sketching them, labeling the sketch, and then writing long about the label." Of course, there are other ways to say more about a character. There are many strategies for any one skill. It's in giving our students many tools for their toolbox, or many kinds of maps of how do get somewhere, that we really prepare our kids to become independent.