Session 3: Helping with Writing <br />Purpose <br />To introduce the writing process <br />To discuss the stages of writin...
Pencil grip<br />Pencil grip is important, particularly when students are required to write more in the older levels. Plea...
During writing lessons, check...<br />Is the pencil grip correct?<br />Is the child sitting on the chair properly?<br />Is...
Structure of the writing hour<br />Whole class focus – Teacher models writing.<br />Writing groups – Teacher group, handwr...
Writing in the Prep classroom<br />Copying from the board<br />Handwriting<br />Journal writing<br />Attempting independen...
Copying from the board<br />We assume this will be easy for students, but many find it difficult.<br />Students need to tr...
Handwriting<br />In Prep, students focus on one letter per week.<br />This letter is reinforced in all literacy lessons an...
Journal Writing<br />Most grades will do journal writing every Monday morning.<br />In Prep students use the sentence prom...
Journal Writing<br />
Independent Writing<br />Students will eventually be able to attempt to write independently.<br />Some children can be rel...
A key message<br />We need to help our young students become good writers by praising them.<br />We need to reinforce that...
A writer needs:<br />knowledge of a variety of writing forms to use (for example: letter, list, note, instructions, story)...
Spelling strategies<br />Say it slowly; what sounds do you hear? <br />Circle the word (or part) you think is wrong <br />...
Spelling strategies continued<br />Think about the word the child is trying to spell:<br />If it is a word they should kno...
Activities you may be required to help with<br />Talking about writing <br />Listening to children read their writing back...
Some examples of activities classroom helpers may be involved in:<br />
Writing videos – Halfway through Prep<br />Writing videos – end of Prep<br />
Helping with Writing<br />The purpose of today’s session was: <br />To introduce the writing process <br />To discuss the ...
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Classroom Helpers Helping with Writing

  1. 1. Session 3: Helping with Writing <br />Purpose <br />To introduce the writing process <br />To discuss the stages of writing and the links to spelling <br />To explore the ways that classroom helpers can assistin this process <br />
  2. 2. Pencil grip<br />Pencil grip is important, particularly when students are required to write more in the older levels. Please encourage the correct grip.<br />
  3. 3. During writing lessons, check...<br />Is the pencil grip correct?<br />Is the child sitting on the chair properly?<br />Is the paper/hand position correct?<br />Is the child’s head in the correct position? (eg. not leaning too far down towards the table).<br />
  4. 4. Structure of the writing hour<br />Whole class focus – Teacher models writing.<br />Writing groups – Teacher group, handwriting group, construction activity, independent writing activity.<br />OR <br />Whole class writing activity (eg. Monday morning journal writing).<br />Share time – Students share their writing and discuss processes and strategies.<br />
  5. 5. Writing in the Prep classroom<br />Copying from the board<br />Handwriting<br />Journal writing<br />Attempting independent writing<br />
  6. 6. Copying from the board<br />We assume this will be easy for students, but many find it difficult.<br />Students need to track where they are up to.<br />Students need to identify individual letters and words to copy correctly.<br />Students need to remember spaces and punctuation.<br />It can be overwhelming for our students so remember to praise them!<br />
  7. 7. Handwriting<br />In Prep, students focus on one letter per week.<br />This letter is reinforced in all literacy lessons and a handwriting lesson will be completed during the week.<br />This handwriting lesson focuses on the starting point, direction, size and formation of the letter (see handwriting chart).<br />
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  9. 9. Journal Writing<br />Most grades will do journal writing every Monday morning.<br />In Prep students use the sentence prompt On the weekend...<br />At the beginning of Prep, teachers scribe for each child and the children draw pictures about their weekend.<br />After a few weeks, Preps are encouraged to have a go at writing something about their weekend independently. This is tricky for many students!<br />
  10. 10. Journal Writing<br />
  11. 11. Independent Writing<br />Students will eventually be able to attempt to write independently.<br />Some children can be reluctant writers, especially if they want to get their work “perfect”.<br />Students are provided with sound/letter cards to assist them to hear and record sounds.<br />It is a very gradual process for many students.<br />
  12. 12. A key message<br />We need to help our young students become good writers by praising them.<br />We need to reinforce that it is fine to make mistakes. Mistakes help us to learn!<br />
  13. 13. A writer needs:<br />knowledge of a variety of writing forms to use (for example: letter, list, note, instructions, story) <br />a reason to write <br />someone to write to <br />to know when correct spelling and neatness are important<br />
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  15. 15. Spelling strategies<br />Say it slowly; what sounds do you hear? <br />Circle the word (or part) you think is wrong <br />Try it again <br />Look in your own writing and around the room for charts and lists <br />Ask a friend <br />Use a dictionary or word book.<br />
  16. 16. Spelling strategies continued<br />Think about the word the child is trying to spell:<br />If it is a word they should know, ask: “Is it a golden word?”<br />If it is a word they can say slowly to hear the sounds, ask “What sounds can you hear in that word? What letters do you write for those sounds?”<br />If it is a word that is on display, ask “Can you see that word on any charts around the room?”<br />If it is a word like another word they already know, say “You know how to spell Will. So how would you write fill?”<br />
  17. 17. Activities you may be required to help with<br />Talking about writing <br />Listening to children read their writing back<br />Publishing (on computers)<br />Handwriting<br />Journal writing<br />
  18. 18. Some examples of activities classroom helpers may be involved in:<br />
  19. 19. Writing videos – Halfway through Prep<br />Writing videos – end of Prep<br />
  20. 20. Helping with Writing<br />The purpose of today’s session was: <br />To introduce the writing process <br />To discuss the stages of writing and the links to spelling <br />To explore the ways that classroom helpers can assistin this process<br />

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