How do we teach this text-writing generation to write in Spanish, without burning ourselves out on endless corrections?
For those of us giving mandatory SLOs that determine our evaluations, how do we do it in such a way as to keep the students engaged?
The task is to have the students write a letter of introduction to a host student in another country after having learned the usual intro topics and the basic vocabulary of identity and infinitives.
This is a guided pre-writing activity.
Here is my best practice:
1.Using the first attachment, students use the static drop down menu to complete the first draft of writing an essay – have them consider all of their choices.
2. Students use the second attachment in Word to complete their dropdown choices and save the document. (You want to keep a pristine copy of this.) Where there is an * they type in their name or city where they are from or city where they now live. Otherwise click on drop down menu, choose answer, and then click somewhere else.
3. Students copy and paste their paragraph into the google docs document I created in classroomgoogle. I can go in and make corrections – but there are very few to make because of the drop-down box advantage! The beauty is that the students will be practicing from the corrected pages. No more going back and forth with my giving corrections, their ignoring one or two and my re-correcting! Maybe you use some other way to view your students’ work. Or else if you don’t do this, they can print out the page for you to correct. I start in Word to use the drop-down boxes.
4. Students copy and paste their document into textivate and practice. IF you don’t belong to textivate, you can use my example. Or however you have them practice writing. My example is
5. The six-step sequence I have found most effective for learning how to write is the third attachment.