Inquiry Project Summary Jane C. Question : How can I more effectively teach students how to apply what is said and shown in writing conferences to their writing?
Background Information <ul><li>Grade 2 English Language Learners writing group within main classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Mixed levels, including beginners. </li></ul><ul><li>modeled aspects of writer’s craft and process </li></ul><ul><li>goal was to show that good writers revise </li></ul><ul><li>small group and one to one writing conferences. </li></ul><ul><li>translator helped me to communicate grade level concepts about writer’s craft. </li></ul><ul><li>Students became more willing to revise but had lots of trouble knowing where and how to make revisions after conferences. </li></ul>
Related Questions Arising from My Writers’ Workshop Practices: <ul><li>1. What long term effect does typing of (young) student drafts by the teacher have on students’ willingness to continue to revise? </li></ul><ul><li>2. How much carry over is there when I begin the year by marking student papers at the locations where they might revise? </li></ul><ul><li>3. What concrete tools (checklists, highlighters, story markers) work well for guiding students to independently revise after a writing conference? </li></ul>
Some of my current findings: <ul><li>Many students, especially language minority children need explicit instruction in strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher modeling of strategies for revisiting helps students know how to approach some aspects of revision. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s important to establish routines for writing conferences, whether they be small group, peer, or teacher to student. </li></ul><ul><li>Access to resources such as personal or classroom word walls, picture/word lists for verbs, nouns, emotions, other words for said, etc. help children to be more independent while a teacher conducts conferences or small group mini-lessons </li></ul>
Some Things I Hope to Do <ul><li>Use and collect PQC and other kinds of responses to track their influence on revisions. </li></ul><ul><li>Make better checklists, notes, and other concrete tools to send with children after a conference </li></ul><ul><li>Look at my last year 2 nd grade student writing in third grade and ask their teacher about their attitudes toward revision. </li></ul><ul><li>Figure out how to ask students about conferences and their feeling of ownership. </li></ul>
Resources I Have or Will Use <ul><li>Student work samples over time </li></ul><ul><li>After The End: Teaching and Learning Creative Revision by Barry Lane </li></ul><ul><li>Sentence combining: A sentence-level writing intervention Bruce Saddler. The Reading Teacher Newark:Feb 2005. Vol. 58, Iss. 5, p. 468-471 (4 pp.) </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar Instruction and Technology Jan Lacina. Childhood Education Olney:Summer 2005. Vol. 81, Iss. 4, p. 247-249 (3 pp.) </li></ul><ul><li>The impact of teachers' comment types on students' revision http://eltj.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/60/1/34?eaf </li></ul>