This e-Bulletin will have a focus on Writing, Learning Outcome 6 - Purpose Genre and Voice / Scríbhneoireacht, Toradh Foghlama 6 - Cuspóir, Seánra agus Guth. Choosing this outcome encourages children to write with a sense of purpose and audience, creating text for a wide variety of authentic purposes while demonstrating an understanding of the influence of audience on their work. In engaging with this outcome it is helpful to introduce writing in meaningful, authentic contexts that enable children to focus on questions such as ‘What is my purpose for writing?' and 'Who is my audience?’, rather than ‘What will I write about?’
Writing to Socialise, is one example of a genre which encourages children to create text, in many forms, while exploring the specific language features associated with it and developing their individual voice. Texts used to socialise, help writers to maintain or enhance relationships with a real audience other than the teacher. These forms of writing can be formal or informal in tone depending on the relationship between the writer and the audience. Different text forms used to socialise include thank you notes, invitations, greetings, lists, messages, tweets, blogs, recipes, letters, emails, projects, posters, interviews and postcards. The languages in which children can write should also be considered, when children’s home language is valued in school, using the home language can be a significant motivator for children. Texts used to socialise, help writers to maintain or enhance relationships with a real audience other than the teacher. These forms of writing can be formal or informal in tone depending on the relationship between the writer and the audience.
In this e-bulletin, the task cards provide meaningful and authentic learning experiences that encourage children to become independent and motivated writers. We invite you to use and adapt according to the interests, needs and abilities of the children. Exploring Writing to socialise can also give children the opportunity to develop language learning in many other writing outcomes, for example: Engagement / Rannpháirtíocht, Motivation / Inspreagadh agus Rogha, Conventions of Print and Sentence Structure / Struchtúr Abairte agus Gnásanna Cló, Writing Process and Creating Text / Próiseas na Scríbhneoireachta agus ag Cruthú Téacs, Response and Author’s Intent / Freagairt agus Intinn an Údair.
Task Card 1: Keeping in touch
Notes, cards and letters are a creative, relevant and meaningful way for your children to keep in touch, whether they live with their family in the same house, across the road or across the country from their friends and families. The art of writing to socialise is a lovely opportunity for children to stay in touch. Sending and receiving letters, postcards, notes and cards can be an exciting way for children to develop their communication skills and provide them with an authentic purpose and audience for their writing.
Make Writing a Game, Not a Chore. Some children may not always love to sit down and write. However, if he or she can learn to write for a reason and an audience, half the battle is won. Task card 1 explores options within writing to socialise for keeping in touch.
Task Card 2: Playfulness in Writing
Play is a cherished part of childhood, which starts in the child’s infancy, and ideally, continues through his / her life. Play is how children learn to socialise, to think, to solve problems, to mature and most importantly, to have fun. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact with the world around them. Play allows them to explore new things at their own pace, master physical agility, learn new skills and figure things out in their own way. Is breá le páistí a bheith ag súgradh agus tugann súgradh go leor deiseanna do pháistí spraoi a bhaint as an saol agus caidreamh a chothú le páistí eile. Developing oral language skills through these learning experiences creates the foundation for the development of writing skills in writing to socialise.
Task Card 3: Writing to Socialise: Choice & Voice
Writing comes in various guises, pen, paper, digital, paint, crayons to name a few. All help to develop fine motor and finger strength, tone and dexterity and lots of the implements can be used for the development of both hands. Children are more motivated to write when afforded the choice regarding implements and materials when creating texts. When children have a personal interest or emotional investment in what they are writing, they have increased levels of concentration and engagement. They can become utterly absorbed in their writing over long periods of time. This approach could enrich learning experiences for a number of Learning Outcomes particularly Learning Outcome 2. Motivation and Choice agus Toradh Foghlama 2 sa Ghaeilge: Inspreagadh agus Rogha
Task Card 4: Writing at Home / Scríbhneoireacht sa Bhaile
This task card contains some choice board cards which can be used to encourage writing to socialise, with a particular focus on authentic writing experiences at home, connecting writing within and outside school. They encourage thinking about purpose, audience and voice and the centrality of these elements in our writing. Tá na cártaí ar fáil i nGaeilge chomh maith - bain triail astu. Is féidir tacú leis na gasúir trí ionchur an mhúinteora, leabhair Ghaeilge agus áiseanna ar líne.
Created with images by Santi Vedrí - "Los niños de Guinea Ecuatorial se levantan cada día bajo una realidad que no es nada fácil. En el barrio Patio Pérez de Malabo, surge Verano Útil, una iniciativa para niños y niñas que busca ser un espacio de encuentro y de unión; una forma de ofrecer unas vacaciones diferentes a los que no tie- nen otras oportunidades; una opción para no estar en la calle, en un entorno peligroso, y un momento en el que poder divertirse y convivir con otros. Verano 2018." • David Travis - "Notetaking" • Glenn Carstens-Peters - "If you have a little bit of time left, how about start writing your own bucket list" • Ben White - "untitled image"