The Importance of
Asking Questions
Keith Pruitt, Ed.S
www.woweducationalconsulting.com
Types of Writing in
Common Core State
Standards
Response to Literature
Process Writing
• Make as many words as
you can in one minute
from the following word.
• Pronunciation
Exemplar Rubric Text
Today before we had writing groups Mrs. John read us
a story about frogs. We had to write about frogs...
One of the strategies with
which we find success in
comprehension instruction is
the usage of questions.
May I suggest tha...
• Turn to a partner
• Write three questions
prompted by this picture
• These questions now
become the beginnings
of a narr...
What We Think We Know

What We Learned
I Learned

Coast redwood
trees are the tallest
trees on earth.

Some redwood
trees are among
the oldest living
things on e...
A Method to Strengthen
Who Went
to the
Writing What did
store?
How did
store
you go?

you go to

We went to the store.
We ...
Did you have the
Now We Have…down? What
top
What was it like
inside the store?

was the weather
like?

Carlos, Maria, and ...
By just asking
questions, you can flesh
out a very simple form
of writing to give it more
meat and build its
volume.
Considerations in Writing
• Write Often, Model Often, Release Often
• Use a learning progression in working with writing (...
In Process Writing:
1. Target the instruction- don’t try to
get all the lions out of the jungle the
first day
2. Offer con...
Focus on writing the importance of asking questions
Focus on writing the importance of asking questions
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This is the presentation delivered at the E TN Title One Conference in 2013. The presentation looks at three different strategies of asking questions to help students improve their writing. It also looks at suggestions in how to incorporate a writer's workshop method in the classroom.

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  1. 1. The Importance of Asking Questions Keith Pruitt, Ed.S www.woweducationalconsulting.com
  2. 2. Types of Writing in Common Core State Standards Response to Literature Process Writing
  3. 3. • Make as many words as you can in one minute from the following word. • Pronunciation
  4. 4. Exemplar Rubric Text Today before we had writing groups Mrs. John read us a story about frogs. We had to write about frogs. We had a tadpole in the science center. It has two back legs and when it has two front legs its tail disappears and it cannot eat when its mouth is changing. Then the skin gets too little and the frogs pull off their skin and they eat it. Some fo the frogs blow bubbles. Frogs laid eggs that look like jelly and the fish eat some but some hatch to tadpoles. It grows bigger and bigger and bigger.
  5. 5. One of the strategies with which we find success in comprehension instruction is the usage of questions. May I suggest that asking questions in writing will help create better writers.
  6. 6. • Turn to a partner • Write three questions prompted by this picture • These questions now become the beginnings of a narrative.
  7. 7. What We Think We Know What We Learned
  8. 8. I Learned Coast redwood trees are the tallest trees on earth. Some redwood trees are among the oldest living things on earth. I Wondered? The tallest is reported to be 350 How tall is thefeet tall. That is tallest like redwood? a 35 story building. The oldest How old is the oldest tree lived redwood redwood tree about 2000 to be reported to years old. That be? means it first took root when Julius Caesar ruled Rome
  9. 9. A Method to Strengthen Who Went to the Writing What did store? How did store you go? you go to We went to the store. We bought some clothes. We had fun. What kind of clothes did you buy? What was there about this that was fun? When did you go to the store?
  10. 10. Did you have the Now We Have…down? What top What was it like inside the store? was the weather like? Carlos, Maria, and I went to the Wal-mart on Thursday evening. Maria drove us in her Mazda convertible. Carlos bought some new shirts to wear. Maria bought a new dress. I bought a new pair of boots to wear to work. We had a lot of fun at the Wal-mart. I like being with my friends. We tell jokes and like being together. Describe the shirts, dress and boots. What color were they?
  11. 11. By just asking questions, you can flesh out a very simple form of writing to give it more meat and build its volume.
  12. 12. Considerations in Writing • Write Often, Model Often, Release Often • Use a learning progression in working with writing (James Popham, 2007), building blocks • Design a continuum of writing for assessment (www.readingandwritingproject.com) 1. Use an on demand benchmark to begin measure 2. Compare to your continuum 3. Monitor their progress over time compared to the continuum 4. End the year by an on demand piece and show the progression • Provide students with clear goals and effective feedback
  13. 13. In Process Writing: 1. Target the instruction- don’t try to get all the lions out of the jungle the first day 2. Offer constant feedback, but let the children do the work (they don’t learn from what you do, but what they do) 3. Use a writers workshop model with six trait writing

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