Mini-lesson for upper grades
Cause/Effect and Sequencing
Writing using transition
|The Writing Progress Wheel can help students and teachers keep track of where they are in the writing process. A wheel can be made for each student. Students can write their names on the arrow. The arrow can be fastened to the wheel with a small brad.||
Writing and Technology
The goal of this section is to develop writing skills through mini-lessons, modeling, shared writing, and independent writing. Using technology with writing is an excellent means of stimulating student creativity. Word processors can be used to draft, revise, edit and publish student work. Some scheduling of student computer use may be necessary in most classrooms since the number of computers is usually limited, although schools with computer labs would not experience this obstacle. This scheduling of individual computer usage by students could be established during the Writing & Teacher Conferencing time.When completed, student work published on the computer may be illustrated, made into a book or the file could be saved as a web page and uploaded to the web.
Technology can be an excellent tool for all writing purposes:
Narrative writing--telling stories or sharing events with word processing, newspapers created through Publisher
Report or informal writing—graph or charts could be included through the use of Excel, interviews which can be enhanced with photos from a digital camera.
Functional writing—letters or directions created with word processor, signs created with PrintShop, calendars created through Publisher
Producing and responding to literature --stories, poems, songs, evaluating or comparing literature
As children are introduced to basic writing skills as part of the teacher’s mini-lessons, technology could be an excellent tool for modeling these skills.These lessons could be conducted on a computer connected to a wide screen TV or to a projector and viewed by the whole class.If a TV screen is used a dry erase marker could be used on the screen for viewing editing and revising.
Finished writings could be made into “Big Books” either as individual work or a compilation of the entire class’ writings.Illustrations for student writing can be created with a WaCom Digital Drawing Board ($100) that attaches to the computer and allows the child to draw with their tool of choice, the pencil.
Younger children can create rebus stories using clipart and the word processor.The old concept of “Language Experience Charts” would be another means of utilizing technology through teacher modeling.This technique involves brainstorming through posing such questions as:
Write exactly what each child says — word for word. (Children know when you have changed their words!)
Add simple pictures (called rebuses) to illustrate words on the chart. Then when children go back to read it, they can use the picture cues to help them make meaning out of the print.
Talk as you write. Tell what you are writing, including the punctuation at the end of the sentence. You might say, "Reggie was so excited by that idea, let's put an exclamation point at the end of the sentence."
Point out directionality as you write. "Where should I start the sentence?"
Periodically, stop writing and read back what you have written or encourage individuals or the group to read aloud from the chart.
Invite children to add drawings to illustrate the chart. Older children can write their own name and words if they like.
Make a variety of different experience charts throughout the year. You can use them to record children's ideas and predictions, write thank you notes, shopping lists, record memories, write a class newspaper.
Web Resources for the Writing Block:
·Writing Forand With Students Modeled, Shared, and Interactive Writing, http://188.8.131.52/lang/Spring%202001/writing_for_and_with_students.htm
·Writing the Write Way, http://www.writingthewriteway.com/article_spelling03.htm
·Alyssa to Zyi: A Classroom Alphabet Book, http://www.k111.k12.il.us/lafayette/a_to_z/atoz.htm
·Writing Mini-Lesson Topics for First Grade, http://www.k111.k12.il.us/lafayette/FourBlocks/minilestop.pdf
·Integrating Technology into Language Arts, http://184.108.40.206/integrate/laprimary.html, http://220.127.116.11/integrate/lamiddle.html
·Integrating Word into Language Arts,
·Writing Block Conference Log, http://www.teachers.net/4blocks/lennette_writing_conference_log.pdf
·Writing Conference Form,http://www.teachers.net/4blocks/porzel1_writing_conference.pdf
·Second Grade Silly Rhyme Paper
·Silly Rhyme, http://www.teachers.net/4blocks/kelley_silly_rhyme.pdf
·Writing Assessment Record, http://www.teachers.net/4blocks/angie_tsedit.pdf
·Writing Rubric, http://www.teachers.net/4blocks/angie_writingrub.pdf
·Writing Mini-Lesson Outline for 2nd Grade, http://www.teachers.net/4blocks/outline_for_writing_mini_lessons.pdf
·Writer’s Workshop, http://www.geocities.com/Wellesley/Atrium/1783/WritersWorkshop.html
·Making Class Big Books, http://pages.cthome.net/jtburn/big_books.htm
·Dear Teacher Writing Activity, http://18.104.22.168/cc/templates/dearteach.zip
·Kid News Sites, http://22.214.171.124/kidsnews.html
·Creating Online Classroom Newspapers, http://126.96.36.199/tutorials/classnews.html
·All About Me Creative Writing Template, http://188.8.131.52/cc/templates/allaboutme.zip
·All About Me Graphics, http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/Fountain/5616/me2.html
·Never Books, http://184.108.40.206/integrate/never/books.html Template, http://220.127.116.11/cc/templates/never-book.zip
Internet projects which focus on goals of writing skills:
Teddy Bear Project http://www.iearn.org.au/tbear/
Classroom Pet Exchange, http://18.104.22.168/cpe/index.html