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Submitted by Kathryn (10-10-2012)
1. Provide small photos of class members for students to choose from.
Children write about the things that they like about the student. Lots of modelling first. Can also do this with pictures of staff members. Type up for display.
2. Have a couple of class writing kits. Include exercise books, lined and unlined paper, coloured pencils, felt pens, sharpeners, story starters, pictures to write about, a list of writing ideas etc. Each day a child can take the kit home to use and then share with the class the next day. Ideas are endless.
3. Download some unusual pictures from Google images. Print a colour one about A4 size to display then print enough for each student to write about. Lots of modelling first. This could also be done as a shared writing exercise.
4. Choose 3 or 4 pictures to sequence. ( There are many 'photocopiable' books available for this ) Children sequence them then write a sentence about each one. Can also be done as a shared exercise and displayed.
5. Look at picture books and unpack what the authors have used to capture attention and imagination...vocabulary, sentence length etc. Then.."We can be authors too...." JUST ONE good sentence from a child can be better than a lot of nothing.
6. Children share what they have written with a buddy who offers suggestions and positive feedback. Author then decides on any changes needed.
7. Children need to know that writers write for an audience and therefore we have to use ways to capture the audience with vocabulary and style etc. We must display and/or share their writing for the writers to feel that what they have produced has worth.
Always model, share with class or buddy and/or display. Displayed writing MUST be correct. For very young children the teacher may need to publish the work.