November 5, 2012
Lemony Snicket's "13 Words"
Tuesday's a crime.
Wednesday's are shortest,
Thursday's not prime.
Fridays we come to school,
Though we didn't that one time
And it was the best sleep I ever had
In this semester of sublime.
Get to know students
o Write about topics that matter to them
o Develop their stamina for writing (how much time do you give you students just to write?
o Talk about their writing (this provides a space for thinking/talking through ideas)
Have a clear vision (who is the audience?)
o Have a rich writing life (how many opportunities to read and to write are there throughout
Writing doesn't have to happen solely during language arts
How do we help our students develop their craft?
o Teaching writing to develop students' "sense of craft, genre and form that they use to
write their own texts."
o Write everyday. Read everyday. Create everyday. Talk about writing and reading…
Website with online books
"Scaredy Squirrel" by Mélanie Watt
Developmetnal Stages in Writing
Using words and pictures -> if they can't spell a word, they can draw it, but the
message is still clear -> a story is still being told
o Developing fluency
The Writing Process: Pre-Writing
o Before writing, ask: What's my topic?
What is my purpose?
What writing form/text will I choose?
What do I already know?
What information do I need?
What literary techniques
Hangman -> GOOD HOOK
Turn towards more technology means worse hand writing
o Word of the day
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