Just as students first learn to read, then read to learn, students then learn to write and then use writing as a vehicle to support their learning. However, writing can be a hurtle to many students. I believe in planning and focusing on writing as equal as you would reading and math.
1. Writing aloud- teacher demonstrates writing on chart paper, board, etc... and explains their thinking process.
2. Shared writing- teacher and students compose writing together. The students and teacher decide topic, sentences, and word choice together.
3. Guided writing- can be whole class, small group or individual. Students write and the teacher guides. Great to use during mini lessons.
4. Independent writing-Students work alone using their previous learning.
So how do you get this all started? Here are 4 ways to start this process.
Provide meaning writing activities by promoting student choice on their writing. Students can be given topics to write but also allow students to free write. Topics are always a great tool but allow students to write at least one day in their journal on a topic of their choice. For example, when I was teaching I gave students the topic 4 days a week and on Friday it was free writing.
Do you need writing materials to get you started this year?
Let's Write- Posters (25 posters)
My Revise and Edit posters recently went under a facelift operation. I think they turned out pretty nice.