Writing pilot programme


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Writing pilot programme

  1. 1. The Writing Pilot Project What does it look like in our rooms?
  2. 2. Here are a few things we tried:
  3. 3. Vocabulary Extension: <ul><li>“ A good vocabulary is the mark of an educated person - even when that person has not had the benefit of formal schooling. An individual with a skimpy vocabulary is at a handicap in conversation, oral and written expression, and listening and reading comprehension” (Johnson & Johnson, 1993, p. 212) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Vocabulary Extension continued: <ul><li>Vocabulary extension has replaced our traditional spelling programmes </li></ul><ul><li>The students were excited about this change and enjoyed it. They were excited about vocab extension time </li></ul><ul><li>In vocab extension time they learnt to understand words and break them down </li></ul><ul><li>Tasks were more authentic, meaningful and fun </li></ul>
  5. 5. Some Vocab Extension games we enjoyed: <ul><li>Bridges: </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a word. Write down the page in acrostic form, and up the page in the other form. Students need to find a word starting in the beginning letter, and ending in the last letter. The word they find is the “bridge”. Only accept words found in an English dictionary. Encourage students to use a dictionary. </li></ul><ul><li>No proper nouns </li></ul><ul><li>We did this in task as a fun competition, they worked in pairs. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>H ol Y = 4 points </li></ul><ul><li>O per A = 5 </li></ul><ul><li>L aste D =6 </li></ul><ul><li>I lluminat I =0 </li></ul><ul><li>D ecietfu L =9 </li></ul><ul><li>A rmadill O =9 </li></ul><ul><li>Y out H =5 </li></ul><ul><li>Students aim for the highest score, so they need to find the longest word possible </li></ul><ul><li>I gave a 10-15 minute time limit, depending on length of word </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Combinations: </li></ul><ul><li>Students are given a two or three letter combination, which are common “hardspots” in words. They compile a list of words using this blend, but not starting with. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>“ bl”: troublesome, bub bl e, stub bl e, gob bl e, go bl in </li></ul>
  8. 8. Other ideas <ul><li>Weekly spelling rule </li></ul><ul><li>Word study </li></ul><ul><li>Word of the week </li></ul><ul><li>Online scrabble </li></ul>
  9. 9. Word study <ul><li>Not spelling lists for students to learn. </li></ul><ul><li>Words should be ones that are nearly correct. Need to know sight words. </li></ul><ul><li>Use topic specific words. </li></ul><ul><li>Use words from shared writing and reading that relate to the IB theme. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Word study
  11. 11. Word of the week
  12. 12. Scrabble <ul><li>http://www2.scrabble-assoc.com/donow.asp?grade=5 </li></ul><ul><li>Website comes with learning intentions and answers. </li></ul><ul><li>(Thanks Lyn!) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Short powerful passages: <ul><li>Some children only know writing to be a long, daunting task. </li></ul><ul><li>Instead of writing when we plan long stories which scare our reluctant writers, we started writing short, but powerful sentences, which we then turned to paragraphs, then to pages and so on. </li></ul><ul><li>Writing one powerful sentence using figurative language was such an achievement for some students and gave them the confidence they needed to attempt paragraphs. </li></ul><ul><li>We have started to enjoy writing, sharing what fun, figurative language we can come up with. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Silent Sustained Writing (SSW) <ul><li>5-10 minutes everyday </li></ul><ul><li>Students can pick what they want to write about. </li></ul><ul><li>At first it was difficult for them to pick something to write about so I gave them story starters. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Short snippets every day: <ul><li>Writing every day has been really beneficial, even if they are just short snippets, or 5 minutes of meaningful SSW </li></ul><ul><li>Because we were writing short concentrated snippets, marking them was not a massive burden. It has actually become quite fun to mark their writing as I have seen them progress a lot, I feel proud of them! </li></ul><ul><li>The more practice, the better </li></ul><ul><li>Remember: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students love to share their work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A few volunteers reading aloud to the class is great, or teacher reading on behalf of someone </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Story Starters <ul><li>Some great starters online. </li></ul><ul><li>Eg. It was a strange night, there seemed to be a chill in the air... </li></ul><ul><li>http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/storystarters/storystarter1.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Picture books are good motivators. </li></ul>
  17. 17. ‘ Pictures of Home’ by Colin Thompson <ul><li>I read the book/quotes to the class and they wrote their own for SSW. </li></ul><ul><li>During period five we drew our own pictures of home and added in our writing. </li></ul>
  18. 19. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick: <ul><li>A neat book to use as story starter ideas for narratives. </li></ul>