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Making Writing Their Own


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Title: Making Writing Their Own

Making Writing Their Own
SMS Email Are they writing?
  • Yes
  • No

As Teachers What do we look for in good
  • Mechanics capitalization, spelling, punctuation,
    legible handwriting
  • Language use correct order, tense agreement,
    number and function - articles, pronouns,
    prepositions, meaning not obscured by grammatical
  • Vocabulary uses correct words - variety -
    appropriate word for topic
  • Organization sequences ideas, topic sentence,
    body, conclusion
  • Content main idea - details - knowledge of

As teachers we teach Vocabulary Grammar
  • Basics vocabulary and expansion numbers,
    colors, cognates, classroom, homes, travel,
    communication, environment, current events
  • Prepositions articles
  • Proper Noun Substitutions
  • Singular - plural
  • Prepositional phrases
  • Grammar chunks
  • Tenses
  • Question chunks
  • Connectors

To write we need to teach. . .
  • Organization/sequencing thoughts and ideas
  • What is a complete sentence /question.
  • How to write
  • a topic sentence
  • supporting sentences
  • a concluding sentence
  • Punctuation / Capitalization
  • Subject / verb agreement
  • Subject / predicate
  • Enrich the sentence by adding verbs, adjectives,
    prepositional phrases

Doesnt matter their age
  • Use their background knowledge
  • Use their background language knowledge
  • Use pictures they recognize
  • Use series of pictures that tell a story
  • Make up different stories with different outcomes
    from pictures elicit ideas from them
  • Teach them to how to use a dictionary
  • Read to them
  • Guide them one step at a time dont assume

Give them a reason to write
  • Ask their opinion, do they agree or disagree -
    have them explain why they believe that.
  • Collaborate on a project
  • Write a letter make it relevant to them
  • Give feedback to others
  • Write questions for an interview that they can
    get the answers to
  • And..
  • Whenever they write
  • Set clear expectations and keep it focused
  • Model good collaboration
  • Emphasize quality over quantity

How do I begin?
  • Teach them how to start!
  • Write examples on the board
  • Always have the students answer and write in
    complete sentences.
  • Give them lots of sequencing activities.
  • Teach them what is a topic sentence and closing
  • Give them lots of guided-writing activities
  • Make a writing rubric Give each student a list
    of general writing rules.
  • Prepare a poster of these rules for the class.
  • Read to them

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Have fun with writing
  • Show / demonstrate / write / read
  • You write, then they copy and read.
  • Poetry
  • Create comic strips
  • Letters (friendly/formal/thank you note)
  • Description of something they know
  • Factual report
  • A movie or television review
  • Radio news / weather report
  • Write and/or present a short dialogue/play/script
    (short or extended dialogues)

What type of writing
  • Elementary
  • description
  • friendly letter
  • invitation
  • list
  • note
  • questionnaire
  • report
  • speech bubble
  • story  
  • Junior High
  • article (e.g. for school newspaper)
  • blog
  • friendly letter
  • extended form
  • forum
  • short composition (e.g. opinion, description.)
  • story  

What type of writing is in your text books?
What can you do online?
  • Padlet
  • Sites approved by the Ministry
  • List of websites Eric Cohen Books
  • ReadWriteThink
  • MakeBeliefComix

When writing expect
  • complete, clear and organized sentences
  • correct grammar
  • good spelling
  • relevant vocabulary
  • sequence of ideas

You can also teach that. . .
  • writing is a form of self-expression.
  • writing is a form of visual art.
  • writing is a form of developing imagination.
  • writing is . . .

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Thank you!
  • Ann Shlapobersky