My students are working hard to remember “how” to write a simply story. They work hard to think about the following steps...
Step 1: Think about your story.
Step 2: Draw a picture.
Step 3: Plan your sentences.
Step 4: Write your sentences.
(some teachers like to have them draw first, while others encourage writing first - versions for each order are included in this set)
Within each step, different levels of support are often necessary.
I have designed a variety of writing paper (versions with different lines included) that has the “steps” along the side for students to follow as they’re working.
An executive funtioning expert, Sarah Ward, spoke about the use of a highlighter in early writing development. After students plan a sentence, a teacher highlights lines across their paper (one for each word) before the student taps the lines to review their sentence. Then they work to write all the sounds they hear in each word. To say this little trick has changed writing in my classroom is an understatement! Having the visual of lines helps them stay organized and reminds them that they have more to write. With a little chanting, they rarely forget their sentence. Eventually, the lines go away and they are able to spatially plan a sentence with great success. This highlighting part is referenced as a "step" on some of the versions.