Writing tasks for the primary classroom(pdf)

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Writing tasks for the primary classroom(pdf)

  1. 1. David Bradshaw TESOL-Spain, 2012
  2. 2.  This talk aims to present different writing activities which can be used in the Primary classroom, both in groups and individually. Each activity will be explained and ideas for adapting it to different classroom environments will be provided, paying particular attention to the CLIL classroom.
  3. 3.  David Bradshaw has been teaching in bilingual schools in Spain for just over twenty years. He is currently working in the design and development of a bilingual programme in a group of private schools in Madrid. His main interests are in the teaching of writing and the preparation of students for the Cambridge exams.
  4. 4.  What do we mean by ‘writing tasks’? Early Years writing CLIL: Science, Arts and Crafts More extended writing activities
  5. 5.  Creation of written texts Communication through written medium Self-expression through writing
  6. 6.  Writing titles for drawings Scaffolding ▪ Teacher acts as scribe ▪ Helps child formulate the title ▪ Encourage child to copy title
  7. 7.  Labelling ▪ Pictures ▪ Wall displays Jumbled words ▪ Teacher-generated ▪ Student-generated
  8. 8. luksl lerdoshu blade…………………………… ……………………………cbakbone preup mra bone …………………………… ……………………………laoclr bone rwloe mar bones …………………………… …………………………… sbirdnah bones …………………………… …………………………… Adapted from Deller & Price, 2007
  9. 9.  Writing puzzles  Organising texts  Group activity
  10. 10.  Monsters Gymkhana  Parts of body  Have got  Team participation
  11. 11.  Penpal project  Writing letters to pupils of other schools, in other cultures  Writing to other classes in the same school
  12. 12. INTRODUCE YOURSELF LETTER: LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF!_________________ _____________________(town/village) ( date)Hello!My name is ______________________________________.I’m ________________________ years old. How old are you?I live in _________________, in ______________________________. (your country)Where do you live?I’m a boy. / I´m a girl.I like _____________________and ___________________________.I don’t like __________________________________.Bye for now!_____________________________________ (your first name)
  13. 13.  Describing processes: The water cycle Write one or two sentences to explain what is happening at each arrow.
  14. 14.  Recipes  International food festival  Prepare food from around the world  Explain recipe to visitors  Book-making / blog
  15. 15.  Exploring other alphabets
  16. 16.  Write your name in hieroglyphics. Don’t forget to put the word in a ‘cartouche’. Write a secret message in hieroglyphics. Can you read the message of any of your friends? Copy a message from one of your friends.
  17. 17.  Making cards and invitations  Special days. Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Christmas, Easter  Personal message
  18. 18.  For checking comprehension of a story told in class. Combination of drawing and writing to convey meaning. Eight picture stories.
  19. 19. (Gray, 2000)
  20. 20. (Gray, 2000)
  21. 21. (Gray, 2000)
  22. 22. Mr Roger and John.One night a boy called John was studying history in his bedroom until half pastten. He was very tired.The next day it was a sunny day. He woke up at half past eight. John dressed upand left the house.At 8:45 John was in the bus until he got to school.When he got to school it was 9:00. The history exam had started. Mr Roger toldhim off, but he could do the history exam. The children had already started theexam.When they gave him the mark John was surprised because he got an A. Hisparents were very proud and congratulated him.
  23. 23.  DELLER, S. and PRICE, C. (2007) Teaching Other Subjects Through English Oxford, Oxford University Press GRAY, E. (2000) Skills Builder for Young Learners Flyers 1, Student’s Book Newbury, Express Publishing MORGAN, J. and RINVOLUCRI, M. (1988) Once Upon a Time: using stories in the language classroom Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
  24. 24. Thank you for your attention david.modernlanguages@gmail.com

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