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					Writers in Action
           Writers in Action

• Focus on writing
  -developing the basics of good writing in your
    classroom


• Awareness workshop was held one year
  ago at our Inservice Day at Hebbville
 Supporting the
Young Writer with
   Meaningful
   Instruction
The Student As A Writer




    Supporting the
   Young Writer with
      Meaningful
      Instruction
     The Student As A Writer
• Know your students
• Assessment should inform your instruction
  for students
              The Student As A Writer




                  Supporting the
                 Young Writer with
                    Meaningful
                    Instruction
 The Stages
 of Writing
Development
       The Stages of Writing
           Development
• Emergent writers
  • Purposeful marks and scribbles
  • Need author to understand


  •Early Writers
     •Write one or more sentences, single idea,
     some conventionally spelled words
     •Shows awareness
Stages Continued


• Transitional Writers
  •   Simple sentence structure
  •   Write longer texts, several ideas
  •   Mostly conventional spelling and punctuation
  •   Inconsistent control of writing

  •Fluent Writers
       •Conventional spelling
       •Variety of formats and complex sentences
       •Write a variety of genre, vary length of texts
              The Student As A Writer




                  Supporting the
                 Young Writer with
                    Meaningful
                    Instruction
 The Stages
 of Writing                             Genre of
Development                             Writing
           Genre of Writing

• Focus on a variety of genre

• Expose students to a variety of writing
  forms
              Resources

• English Language Arts Guide
• Writers in Action Student Handbook
• Guiding Readers and Writers 3-6 by
  Fountas and Pinnell
• Writers in Action Teacher Resource
• Grade 5- Write Traits
• Lessons That Change Writers by Nancie
  Atwell
“What is written without effort is in
  general read without pleasure.”
        --Samuel Johnson
              Write Traits
• Kits designed to support student writing.
• Kits all have similarities in layout and
  design.
• Looking at the Grade Five Kit
• All grade 5 classrooms to receive a kit on
  Friday afternoon.
                        Trait
Refers to a characteristic or quality that defines writing


“Six trait writing is         1) Ideas
  based on the premise        2) Organization
  that students who           3) Voice
  become strong self-
  assessors become            4) Word choice
  better writers and          5) Sentence fluency
  revisers.” (Write           6) Conventions
  Traits)
Ideas

  •   Narrow the topic
  •   Strong main idea
  •   Stay focused
  •   Interesting details
               Organization


• Strong lead
• Details in order
• Strong ending
                   Voice


• Sound like you, no
  one else.
• Don’t be boring.
• Connect with your
  audience.
             Word Choice
• Avoid tired words like: nice, good, fun,
  stuff, you know, really, very.
• Use strong verbs.
• Use synonyms and antonyms to enhance
  meaning.
• Use sensory words.
• Eliminate wordiness.
          Sentence Fluency


• Vary the length of sentences
• Vary sentence beginnings
• Check for smoothness-words left out,
  words repeated too many times?
Conventions
      • Check spelling.
      • Check punctuation-
        read out loud, slowly
        with expression.
      • Use a handbook to
        look up information
        you’re not sure of.
      • Always check it out!
          Rubric-6 pt. scale
• 1,2,3   needs serious revision
• 4,5,6   generally strong

• 3- indicates midrange performance with a
  few more weaknesses than strengths
• 4- indicates midrange performance with a
  few more strengths than weaknesses
              Using Traits
• Teach your students to be observant.
• Use rubrics to assess writing and guide in
  revision.
• Students should practice talking and
  thinking like writers.
• Students need to understand writing is a
  process involving multiple steps and time.
• Insist on quality not quantity writing.
           The Writing Process

•   Prewriting: find topic, narrow it and plan
•   Drafting: ideas, leads, details, shaping
•   Revising: focus, clarity, strengthen
•   Editing: fine-tune
•   Publishing: sharing finished work
“Either write something worth reading
   or do something worth writing.”
         --Benjamin Franklin

				
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