Writing and the Writing process (The Writers Craft (Ideas , Organization …
Writing and the Writing process
Opitz and Schendel
This lesson could be useful to help english learners expand their topics
This lesson would be helpful in the prewriting stage
Two Column Notes
This could also be useful to help english learners with topics and talk
This could be used in the revising and also the prewriting section of the writing process
Focused writers workshop
This would be an awesome lesson to use during the prewriting stage to help students brainstorm
Choosing a topic
-students should be encouraged to choose their own or a topic they are interested in.
-it is best to keep the topic broad if it is assigned by a teacher so that students can narrow it to an interest of their own.
Gathering and organizing ideas
"rehearsal activities" -draw pictures, brainstorm words, read books, do internet research, talk with classmates
-make graphic organizers to display ideas
-use three part diagram to display beginning middle and end
-are they writing to entertain?persuade?inform?
-setting a purpose is just as important as when setting a purpose for reading
Messy version of all of their ideas that were created during the prewriting stage, they should skip every other line to leave room for revising (it is a good idea to mark rough draft with a stamp or in ink to indicate that it is still being worked on)
Reading a rough draft
-revision means seeing again - after rough draft students distance themselves for a few days(i think it is important to point out that this is happening so students can use this in the future)
-students then reread, add, subtract, and correct their rough drafts
Sharing in revising groups
-students meet in revising groups
-group members respond to rough draft and make suggestions
-having an assigned group leader helps this process
-checklists at each writing center so students can focus on each part of their writing
-students make four types of revisions to their work. (additions, substitutions, deletions and moves)
-students should use a blue or red pen to show what is old/new
take the time to explain proofreading and editing vs revising
-misspelled words, punctuation marks, after students finish it should end with a one on one with the teacher to go through it one last time.
students can publish their work by making a book this is also a fun craft that can be used
examples include ; reading to parents and siblings, read it to students in other classes, send it to a children's magazine, display it on a poster
Nurturing English Learners
Nudge english learners toward new topics by suggesting content related books, or create a colabrative book where each student adds their own page
make a list of acadimic words and create a "word bank" or english learners in your classroom.
Use pattern books ex(brown bear brown bear)
Focus on Ideas
Students tend to focus on the neatness of their writing rather than the value of their ideas until the writing process but english learners struggle to make this transition.
The Writers Craft