Maya West Writing Project
• I teach at S.U. Martín Hernández School,
• I teach English to Kinder, First, Second,
Third and Fourth graders.
• I have been teaching for fifteen years.
• I have been the Director of the Programa
de Escuela Abierta for 3 years.
• I have a Masters Degree in English as a
Second Language from the Inter American
University of San German.
The community in which I
work is very well known
for their hard work. The
majority of the men work
as fishermen and women
stay home to take care of
their children. Many of
them have not finished
high school. They live in
low income housing. They
do try to help their kids to
do good in school.
• I do believe that all students have
the capacity to learn using their
multiple intelligences. So I provide
multiple strategies of teaching so
each students can have the
opportunity to learn in their own
• The theory of multiple
intelligences proposed by Howard
Gardner in 1983. Gardner's theory
argues that intelligence, particularly
as it is traditionally defined, does not
sufficiently encompass the wide
variety of abilities humans display.
The Free-Writing Approach
This approach stresses writing
quantity rather than quality.
Free writing on given topics with only
The emphasis is on content and
fluency rather than on accuracy and
After reading and discussing the
story My trip to the Beach, students
will observe a picture, make a list of
words related to it and write at least
five sentences about the picture.
This activity is for Third Grade
Duration: One Day
1. Make a list of everything you
see in the picture. Lists can help
learners generate vocabulary
and provide the basis for larger
2. Using the list you generated, write
something about the picture. It can
be any of the following:
A paragraph describing the picture
An experience you had or
Anything you want to write about the
"They may forget what you
said, But they will never forget
how you made them feel."