Teaching Whole Year Writing
* Everything is in Word doc. form so you can customize and change to your teaching style.
This product will allow you to run your Writing class for the entire year. It contains prompts, rubrics, editing strategies, and vocabulary building strategies. It maximizes your students’ learning opportunities and development in Writing in a workshop setting while minimizing unnecessary effort on your part.
Your students will become comfortable with a writing process that allows for differing styles and levels, encourages creativity, and fosters independence. They will feel confident answering essential questions about Writing and build the skills necessary to meet the standards of the Common Core.
This product contains:
• Persuasive writing packets with rubrics (each packet over 10 pages and includes prompts, organizers, peer editing rubics, student/teacher rubrics, and vocabulary building)
• Narrative writing packets with rubrics
• Expository writing packets with rubrics
• Grammar notebook presentations
• Grammar quizzes and answers
• Editing notebook presentations
• Vocabulary building activities
The basic concept for your writing class will be simple, repetitive workshop setting. Students will be introduced to a current and intriguing prompt in a writing packet that you print. With your guidance they will then begin writing using the step by step process of organizers and formats in their packets. This will bring them all to a draft. The drafts will then be exchanged for peer editing (twice) which is built into the packets. Once peer editing is completed, students make changes and adjustments to the feedback they receive, and draft again. They then complete the final round of peer editing and draft a final piece for grading all within the packet. You will have floated around your room and offered individual assistance as needed during each of these steps.
Your students will learn from each other and from you. Using prompts students find challenging and important, your class will run itself in a workshop setting. This allows you to work one-on-one addressing content and grammar for each individual while students push each other forward. We all know that kids learn more from each other than from us. The student-friendly peer editing rubrics are fast and fun. They create an atmosphere of group work that not only builds the skills necessary for the future but that the kids will love to participate in right up until the bell rings.
You’ll see how even your low performing students can apply grammar rules like math rules using “Edit” the grammar teaching notebook. The essential grammar rules are introduced one-by-one to students in fun and competitive lessons. Students will quickly identify and apply rules in their own and other’s writing. They will enjoy the chance to edit their friends’ papers using the universal editing marks that you use when correcting. Also, with correction sheets, students will learn that writing is a process with multiple drafts and that no one gets it right the first time. They will list changes so that they don’t repeat mistakes.
Students will expand their vocabulary by Thesaursarizing. This technique demands that students introduce each other to new words by re-writing sentences using alternative vocabulary while editing. Adding new words to a student’s vocabulary may be one of the most important things we can do as teachers.
Students will learn to grade themselves using complete, fast rubrics. This is a crucial skill for high school and college. They will grade themselves right alongside you in the rubrics. The goal, of course, is for you to become obsolete and the students to write well on their own.
You will notice that two pages are given for each draft. This is so students can skip lines and leave room for editing and remarks. Remind students that they are working toward a one-page final draft. This will be tough for many students who wish they could write more. Instill in them the idea that removing unneeded words is a more complex skill than simply adding unnecessary ones. Remember the old quote, “If I would have had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.”
This is not necessary, but I use green or purple pens for editing and I ask that the students do too. Most have no problem adding one to their supplies and I buy a couple of back up boxes to keep in the room. Green and purple is more inviting than red and allows students to accept feedback more freely.
Hope this helps.