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Let’s write in English!

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Students of year 6 used HeroMachine 2.5 as a prompt for writing in English. They designed their own hero (or heroine!), described, published and talk about them.

Students of year 6 used HeroMachine 2.5 as a prompt for writing in English. They designed their own hero (or heroine!), described, published and talk about them.

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  • 1. Let’s write in English! © Enric Calvet, 2012
  • 2. Learning how to write in English, especially in upper primary, is one of the most frustrating and annoying task for most students.It requires a good vocabulary command and knowledge about text structure for describing, giving instructions, telling stories or whatever.It also demands creativity and organization of the content.And what’s more, many students do not have good control over their own speech and language. They make lot of errors in grammar, usage, punctuations and spelling even in their mother tongue. This makes writing tasks boring and lethargic!
  • 3. However, they should learn to write something. The question is:Is there anything that will make them feel writing is something interesting?
  • 4. Of course!Students like to write about their personal things, their routines, sports, hobbies, likes and so on.They like fantasy, comics, cartoons…They also like inventing stories and writing about fictional issues… We have to look for alternatives.
  • 5. My Super Hero (or Heroine!)http://www.ugo.com/games/superhero-generator-heromachine-2-5
  • 6. NT vs OT
  • 7. Writing with supports
  • 8. Writing a draft is an important step...... self-revision, check editing, consolidation...
  • 9. Code correction for writing tasks
  • 10. Rubric for assessing writing
  • 11. Correcting, revising..., correcting and revising again....... It is a hard job, but the “prompt” it’s been challenging and rewarding!
  • 12. Time to speak!Presenting our “heroes” in frontof the class.Writing has a double purpose:PublishSupport for oral production
  • 13. Speaking assessment rubric 0 1 2 3 4 5 understandable, understandable, numerous errors, much native minimum native no conspicuousPronunciation no response barely intelligible difficult to language language mispronunciations understand interference interference numerous errors frequent errors do many errors, little excellent, very fewStructure no response interfere with not hinder good, several errors sentence structure or no errors communication communication limited to basic functional, fails toVocabulary no response inadequate words, often communicate adequate precise, varied inaccurate complete meaning incomplete sentences, adequately conveys fragmented, barely able to use routine natural, very fewSpeaking/Fluency no response communicates meaning, several intelligible expressions errors or no errors meaning with errors frequent errorsOriginality/Creativity none minimal effort some effort acceptable above average exemplary Adapted from http://www.cathedralhigh.org/foreign_scaffold.htm by Enric Calvet, 2011
  • 14. Publishing
  • 15. ReminderThe writing exercises we design should be to develop the basic habit of writing, not to create stellar content!
  • 16. Other prompts for writing activities• Designing a T-shirt : http://cockroachesladybugs.blogspot.com/2011/10/designing- t-shirt-as-prompt-for-writing.html• A short task about "bedrooms" : http://cockroachesladybugs.blogspot.com/2012/01/short-task-about-bedrooms.html• 14 Places To Make Comic Books And Strips Online : http://cockroachesladybugs.blogspot.com/2011/11/14-places-to-make-comic-books-and.html• http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/english/contents_writingfiction.htm• REILLY, Jackie and Vanessa (2005). Writing with children. Oxford: OUP. © Enric Calvet, 2012