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MAGIC of the twitisphere.... Making the writing programme fun


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Created by Anne Kenneally, Blended e-learning facilitator with CORE Education and contributor to

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  • 1. Making the writing programme fun! 100 ways... a crowd sourced, co-constructed presentation to share our ideas... This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3.0 License. http://bit. ly/16AtRm8
  • 2. CELEBRATE @annekenn If I read a phrase or words that make me go tingly or I can really FEEL the moment... I... wait for it... dance on my chair! Now that sounds crazy I know, but the kids love it and often talk about who will get me dancing, and it has become a challenge and a game....
  • 3. Wordfoto Take a photo of something and use 10-12 words to describe it. Then overlays the words on to the photo. Can use to describe self, nature, items in classroom. Brainstorms for a topic. @Jackbillie35
  • 4. Use a range of writing inspiration... My absolute favourite is The Literacy Shed I have used it with a range of levels and abilities and the writing produced is astounding.... @redgierob
  • 5. Inspire with props... Make the inspiration as much fun as possible by using a range of props, toys, puppets, experiences... Act out - live the experience prior to writing... @annekenn
  • 6. Digital camera/iPad/iPod Use the digital camera on rotation... Whoever has the camera for the session can use it to photograph their written work at times they choose to show progress and increase in output (if that is a desired outcome) @annekenn
  • 7. Purpose... Ensure learners are very clear of purpose and audience... One of my favourite ways to showcase writing is 100WC - absolutely sensational for showcasing and feedback. A real challenge for loquacious writers to trim to 100word, and a real challenge for those who write a couple of sentences.. there is also five sentence challenge @TheHeadsOffice
  • 8. 10 word stories Making a writing task achievable but still challenging. 10 word stories. @CatrionaPene
  • 9. Use video to inspire. Access quality video online to inspire writing. Youtube clips. Wonderopolis clips. Kiwi Kids News clips. Nat Geo Kids clips. @CatrionaPene
  • 10. Tag team writing Start with a stem sentence on a page for every student. Ring the bell or start the music and they write the next sentence. Fold the page and pass to the next person around the room. They then read the story and add the next sentence. After a few times, tell them the next sentence needs to end the story. Read out some of the stories and get ready for the laughs. @janenicholls
  • 11. Daily Dash Begin the day or block with speed writing to warm up to literacy. Ensure the purpose and audience are identified (by students or teacher. Coach the children through 15 minutes of writing, revising and proofreading. eg. To expand vocabulary - Write a description using PicLits that includes a selection of words/phrases to extend the children. Coach the children to use the words as they write.... The constant verbal coaching is invaluable. Worksheets are dead - apply it to the kids’ own writing. @MsBeenz
  • 12. Blackout poetry Idea borrowed from Austin Kleon’s work. - Take a piece of newspaper or better yet a page ripped from an old book. My kids especially love this. - Circle a select few words anywhere on the page to create a poem. - Blackout all other text using a sharpie. - Voilà a poem! Share. @ gininppi
  • 13. Pinterest Merely passing on a great idea by @mrwoodnz shared at #educampakl: Shaun has created Pinterest boards for his students to scaffold words from visuals. Read his blog here: nz/2013/08/educampakl-2013.html @phpnz
  • 14. Punctuation Points (an idea from @DeputyMitchell, shared by @judykmck Fullstop = 2 points Comma = 1 point Inverted commas = 3 points Question mark = 5 points Exclamation mark = 5 points Colon = 3 points Semi-colon = 3 points Ellipses = 5 points Hyphen = 5 points and Brackets = 3 points
  • 15. Explanations... for explanations I got some old cameras from recycling centre and kids pulled apart and wrote explanations. LOTS of discussion... @AnnaGarthwaite
  • 16. Shadow Puppets/ Myths Use cardboard shadow puppets at the planning and publishing stage. Photograph and use comic life for planning... I-Movie or a presentation tool such as voicethread to publish tales. @MsBeenz
  • 17. Drama Drama is an amazing way of helping students to plan their writing, develop rich vocabulary, and develop meaningful characters. There are various techniques e.g. freeze frame, soundscapes, conscience alley etc. & Dorothy Heathcote’s Mantle of the Expert. For background reading try: “Oops! Helping children learn accidentally” by Hywell Roberts. Read the web page for an explanation of some drama techniques. @emmerw
  • 18. Use Chrome Extension- Webpage Screenshot to re-write whole news stories @allanahk
  • 19. Proof reading with Counters This is a very simple and easy way to make proof reading more hands on and focused. Each child needs a small pile of see through counters. I use them by asking the children for example - put your counters on all the full stops / on the speech marks / adjectives.... It is then very obvious what skill has or hasn't been used with each child. @nickitempero
  • 20. Using Video to Teach Speech Watch a short, known, clip with only 2 - 3 lines of speech. Students add action and detail around the speech to share the complete story. Example 1 Example 2 - @helenknz
  • 21. Sharing Different Experiences/Perspectives Rugby World Cup - Students take on the role of different characters from one story and tell events from their perspective. - We put the stories all together on a Google Site @helenkz
  • 22. Keyword Paragraphs Read a paragraph of text to the students and have them write down the keywords they hear. Note down the class/group list of words and discuss unknown words. Have the students recraft the paragraph using the keywords. (they get better the more they do it - first time is often rubbish) @helenknz
  • 23. @fionnawright guide-for-teachers-and-students/ Storybird provides online templates and artwork. Students can create the storybooks.
  • 24. Schoolhouse Rock: Grammar Adjectives video Noun Video Verbs Video Conjunctions @nickitempero
  • 25. PredictionBarking Fish Our work on the barking fish @nickitempero
  • 26. My Bright Idea I found a notebook at the Warehouse that is full of “My Bright Idea” starters e.g. My bright idea for a flashmob,My awesome idea for a rock band... My kids love it and use them all the time for writing inspiration. @Jackbillie35
  • 27. Demonstrate your learning in class, describe a person / book character / event, insert photos and videos and print off or embed into your blog. @BeLchick1
  • 28. Data Projector Writing One student does their writing on my teacher laptop projected onto the whiteboard then we buddy (class) conference it at the end. We can write corrections over their writing directly on the whiteboard. They love having a direct audience watching them write and are really supportive at conferencing time. @Jackbillie35
  • 29. If... Great book to inspire writing... Includes things like If cats had wings... @Jackbillie35
  • 30. Love this website and this is just one of a number of examples that I have used. Have fun @JoEarl2
  • 31. Some useful sites Pick a number write to the prompt http://www.scholastic. com/teachers/story-starters/ http://www.enchantedlearning. com/essay/
  • 32. Pinterest story prompts Pinterest has lots of great images for provoking student writing http://pinterest. com/traintheteacher/writing-prompts/
  • 33. One Word 60 seconds to write about one word Don’t think....just write... @zoopita
  • 34. for Mindmapping My most favourite tool in all sorts of writing contexts: Structure a story, extend vocabulary, word families etc. etc. Especially successful when used with photo or video prompt as inspiration for a story (via Jill Hammonds :D) @BeLchick1
  • 35. (formerly wallwisher) Organise ideas / thoughts, collect opinions, sort spelling words etc. - especially powerful when students can access this at the same time and see their contribution appear on the IWB or through the projector! @BeLchick1
  • 36. Using Pictures Putting up pictures of things that very few students would know what they are, eg a capybara. Then getting students to write about what they think this animal might sound like, smell like or what it might eat. Where does it live (using clues in the picture). How big is it? Dangerous or not? @raewynaus
  • 37. Once upon a Slime 45 fun ways to get writing fast.. Written by Andy Griffiths - great ideas for reluctant writers @JoEarl2
  • 38. Engaging reluctant writers with e-tools.... @BeLchick1
  • 39. Discovery Time Motivational and engaging activities at Discovery Time provide rich language experiences and are a fantastic catalyst for writing. @ORegs2
  • 40. Youtube Clips/Photos Capturing images from Youtube clips or short videos inspire children to write ‘what next?’ For example, ‘What’s this cat thinking?’ @ORegs2
  • 41. ePenPals Have 2-3 students per week share their writing with pals via Skype and GoogleDocs. They can also email each other. The children love finding out all about others favourite sports, toys, books and more! @AliceIrvine23
  • 42. Describe It - Quick Write Idea from The Writing Book - Sheena Cameron and Louise Dempsey Put up a picture and children have set amount of time to write down ideas about it. I have used this as a stand-alone, and as an introduction into a piece of descriptive writing. @AliceIrvine23
  • 43. Whatsit Describe a Whatsit in exactly 73 words. @AliceIrvine23
  • 44. Monster Match: Using Art to Improve Writing Video Explanation of Monster Match @roxy17nz - original share through #UDLchat
  • 45. Excellent strategies and resources in Jill Hammonds’ ‘Blended e-Learning Literacy’ group in the VLN: nz/groups/profile/704046/blended-e-learning-literacy @fionnawright
  • 46. Author Visits On the back of an inspirational visit to our school from Paula Green today - author visits to schools are great motivation for the childrens writing! New Zealand Book Council Writers-in-Schools Have a look at her blog - NZ Poetry for Children @Jackbillie35
  • 47. Twitter Challenge Challenge students to use Twitter to write a story. Each student has to complete each part in 140 characters. (Great way to focus on vocabulary choice and development and it’s a fun challenge!) @cossie29
  • 48. Google Docs for Shared Writing ● Focusing on rich text and vocabulary development to create vivid images in the readers’ minds. ● Collaborative / shared writing that really fosters the whole concept of the ZPD. ● Sharing completed writing with other students, classes, schools, families etc both locally and globally - and inviting them to collaborate on other writing. @cossie29
  • 49. Wikis and Blogs for Global Collaboration ● Share the love of writing by collaborating and sharing writing globally with the bonus of having a strong purpose and audience for your writing. ● Fantastic opportunity to teach about effective feedback and to practise giving and receiving effective feedback. ● What Is Effective Feedback in Writing? @cossie29
  • 50. Teachers Pet Ideas and inspiration for writing and all sorts of things... Teachers Pet Ideas
  • 51. Camera/Whiteboard Story Adapt this idea for children story writing combine writing with visual language children have to match their emotions etc in the photo to the story on the whiteboard Camera Story @Jackbillie35
  • 52. Use Class Pages to Source Narrative Writing/Examples This is a great use of digital communication and collaboration to encourage working with other class pages/students. Have at a look from 2012 of our students working with @annekenn @NZWaikato
  • 53. Science and Writing ● Descriptive writing or recounts of completed experiments. ● doing an experiment and then writing instructions and sharing with another class to see if instructions work. Resources ● ● @markmaddren12
  • 54. Using Philip Clairmont Art for using personification We used Philip Clairmont art to demonstrate imagery. We did our own pastel armchair then wrote descriptive pieces focusing on imagery/personification. Has been very successful! www. @Anna Garthwaite
  • 55. 100 Word Recount Spice up the “What I did in the holidays” recount by limiting it to 100 words. Here’s a model. Make the timeframe of the modelled experience (about 2 mins of my holiday) explicit to the children. Identify language features (e.g. rich vocabulary, metaphor, simile) used. Children write their own two minute 100 word recount based on an emotional experience. (see next slides -
  • 56. Text Adventures Create play and share text adventure games @zoopita
  • 57. Build Your Wild Self Students are able to build their own characters and add animal features as a motivation for writing ● ● ● ● describe your character where it lives what it eats does it have friends / enemies ● ● favourite things etc @barbs1
  • 58. Animate your story @BeLchick1
  • 59. Scholastic Story Starters Your students ‘never know what to write about’? Try http://www.scholastic. com/teachers/story-starters/adventurewriting-prompts/ for engaging ideas as well as a choice formats for them to complete their writing in (e.g. newspaper article etc.) @BeLchick1
  • 60. For a change present your writing as poster. Use text, photos, stickers and print off or save and share per email, on blog etc (similar to PicCollage on the iPad) Signed up teachers (free) can create a project name for their students to simplify login. @BeLchick1
  • 61. Let them write what they know! Many children have a favourite book series i.e “Goosebumps.” Let them write their own story using the formulaic style of that series. Get them to take note of how the mood is established in the books, what the characters are like and even how it is punctuated. This takes away some of the pressure children often feel when they have to plan a story from scratch. @KatrinaGardiner
  • 62. Empowering with Edmodo! I really love ‘Edmodo’ For engaging with reluctant writers in senior primary - especially boys! It looks just like Facebook, and the kids really love it. Here are a couple of screen shots to demo: @Bec_Power