Each of these steps is implemented in each session of this lesson. These sessions should be taught at a brisk pace. They do not take the place of whole-class instruction.
How can you make writing an exercise in personal expression, not drudgery? One key to better writing is better writing assignments -- and the Internet has them. Let's tour a few of the finest writing activities that the Web has to offer. He is becoming a "wired librarian," and his Web site, Outta Ray's Headis his niche and offering to the educational community at large.
Saitz explained that two of his favorite and most successful activities are The Biography Assignment and Review of Anything. In the biography activity, students work in groups of four to create six good interview questions.
Each student conducts an interview with a partner and then the two exchange roles. Their grade is determined by their performance in creating interview questions, writing the biography of their partner, and designing a cover for a book or a magazine article based on the interview.
The review writing lesson involves studying and creating a review of any object, person, or thing other than a book or a film. Students combine the characteristics of the informal essay and the review to write and share an oral presentation that has a thesis and incorporates techniques presented during class.
Another activity that hasn't yet made it to the pages of Saitz's site has students writing the end to a short story. You can make up some story about how the story was discovered in an old trunk and the end was rotted off.
Read the story with the lights out and make a big deal of acting it up to build suspense. Just when it nearly ends, stop and ask the students to complete the ending using the same style as the writer. I say it was found just that day and was in the newspaper.
Then they compare their endings to the author's. I hope that the lessons on the site help other teachers realize new possibilities or open new avenues of discovery. Many elementary teachers lose heart as they read short, choppy paragraphs from their students that contain little variation in sentence structure.
Successful Paragraphs is a lesson plan with a unique approach to improving student writing. Students list three material things they wish for, three happenings that would make them happy, and three places they would like to visit.
They follow a specific pattern to create a paragraph that tells what it would be like for them to enjoy all those things.
Using the template helps them see how variation in structure makes for more interesting reading! Often the most difficult part of writing is getting started, and this problem is frequently related to the quest for the perfect topic. A good topic is the well from which ideas flow, so it needs to be plenty deep!
If you too are having difficulty coming up with assignments that will bring forth the wonderful stories your students have to tell, visit Writing Topics.
This page, from the Write Source, suggests several topics for papers your students will love to write, and all grade levels are addressed. Be sure to bookmark or print this resource from The Write Sourcea development house of educational materials.
Creativity and language flourish in Story Boxesan activity included on the Pizzaz Web site. You can collect objects for the story boxes, or you can have your students fill the boxes with objects and words written on pieces of paper or sticks. As the students draw objects from the box, a story unfolds.
Use the plan as an oral storytelling activity or a written composition. This is not the only excellent lesson in the collection, so visit the homepage for more gems. Best of all, permission to print and copy the handouts is granted for classroom use!
Writing offers new, free activities on-line for use with students in grades 3 and up. The activities may be printed and shared with students to exercise their writing skills. A recent issue of activities addressed descriptive writing.
Don't miss this opportunity to glean a few excellent handouts and ideas from these experts in the field. Writing also provides free activities to download and print.
To access these documents, you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Some activities take a few minutes to load, but they are worth the wait.Latest writing activity Text lingo. On these pages you will find ideas for classroom activities which involve writing.
A framework for guided writing instruction. Guided writing instruction in a small-group context allows teachers to provide high levels of immediate, targeted support while each student writes his or her own short but complete text. Guided Writing At the end of each guided reading lesson is a guided writing activity.
On this day I asked the students to write about another animal they could find in the woods. Guided writing worksheets Worksheets and activities for teaching Guided writing to English language learners (kids, teenagers or adults). Here you can find printable worksheets for many levels: beginners, elementary, intermediate or advanced.
In this activity students find out about another country and put together an article. It can be used with students at intermediate level and above and helps develop their fluency as well as their writing skills.
Guided writing lessons are taught in four steps: (1) brief shared experience and discussion, (2) discussion of strategic behavior for writing, (3) time to write a new text each day with immediate teacher guidance, and (4) sharing.