Let's Write! By: Miss Dick

Welcome parents! I am so happy to have you here tonight! We are going to discuss the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing, why developing strong writing skills in your kiddos is so important, and how you could see that in our classroom. Let's get started!

The Writing Process:

  1. Pre-Writing: The writing we do before we start writing. This can involve gathering ideas or getting information for something we might want to write about. We will work on this in our classroom my having students narrow down topic from a list and then making some notes on that topic to being ideas.
  2. Drafting: This is beginning to form our writing. We ease into it with the ideas that we gathered from our pre-writing. This is the time to just add more details to what you have written and just keep going! In the classroom I will mostly help students with drafting by encouraging them to expand on their ideas and to believe in their writing.
  3. Sharing: Sharing is what it sounds like! Sharing your work with a partner. This can be difficult as sometimes kiddos are a little worried to share their work with a partner. In the classroom we will make this a very common process and remind everyone that we treat everyone's work with respect and if we thing something could be better we encourage them.
  4. Revising: After we receive comments from our friends we are ready to revise our paper. During this stage we think, how can I say this better? Or if I use different punctuation would it flow better? In the classroom I will remind students that it is okay to have a messy paper and they can scratch out and write new ideas.
  5. Editing: This is the final check of our paper. At this point students will check punctuation and capitalization and make their paper the best that it could be. The student will start with an almost final draft and create the final after the last part of editing.
  6. Publishing: Students will be making amazing work, so we will want to publish it! Students work should be public, so we will post it in the hall and around our very own classroom.
  7. Assessing: This is my personal thoughts on students work. In the classroom I will have meetings with student to discuss the really awesome parts of their writing along with the parts I think they could have done better on.

Ideas

The ideas are the main message of a students writing. The idea along with additional details is what helps us to form and develop the theme of the text. A student has a strong idea when it is clear and it provides an interesting and important message.

One way we would work on ideas in the classroom is through picture writing. I will explain to students that we want a bright and colorful picture with a lot of detail, not one that is black and white.We will draw objects by breaking them down into several shapes and adding onto them. Instead of just drawing a house, for example, we would draw a square, then a triangle, and probably then some rectangles. I would then explain to students that we need to do this with our writing. We should focus on making each individual idea excellent and then adding on to make a full picture, piece by piece.

Organization

Organization is the internal structure in writing. The meaning and flow of the paper all help to support the central idea of the text. When writing is strong in organization the piece is meaningful and flows systematically.

For a compare and contrast example when discussing organization in our classroom we will create simple flap booklets. These can be used to work on organizing writing as well as creating simple sentences. The students would put on statement on the outside of the flap and a contrasting one on the inside. This technique can also be used for a question and answer technique. By placing the question on the outside flap and the answer on the inside.

Voice

Voice is how we see the writing coming through the words of their writing. Voice helps us to feel what the writer cares about what the writer is feeling as he or she is writing the text and we feel the heart of the text.

We will develop voice in the classroom by reading various books with a certain voice so that students can get a feel for and develop their own. We will look at and make note of the author's voice in fun tales and the way the author is feeling. we will also look at the perspective and think how another perspective might view the story differently and relate this to our writing.

Word Choice

Word choice is the use of rich and colorful words in a writing. The writing should be descriptive and allow the reader to be able to picture what it is the author is describing. It clarifies and elaborates on ideas.

We will develop word choice in the classroom with got purple words? AS A TEACHER, I WILL POINT OUT OUT WHEN I SEE STRONG WORD CHOICE IN A STUDENTS WRITING BY HIGHLIGHTING IT WITH A PURPLE MARKER! AS A TEACHER THIS WILL BE AN EASY WAY FOR ME TO CELEBRATE STUDENT WORK WITHOUT HAVING TO MAKE ADDITIONAL COMMENTS OR A STICKER. WE ALSO WILL HAVE A PURPLE PARTY! THIS MIGHT HAPPEN BEFORE STATE ASSESSMENTS TO REMIND THEM OF USING PURPLE WORDS!

Sentence Fluency

Sentence fluency is the rhythm and flow of the writing. The way that the words sounds when they are read aloud. This may include a pattern or a rhythm. Sentence fluency avoids awkward readings or long pauses.

We will work to improve our sentence fluency by finding figurative language in songs that the kids listen to! The students will bring it the lyrics as what is poetry. We will then look over the lyrics to see what the author is trying to create an the meaning and the way they wrote the lyrics to create fluency.

Conventions

Conventions are the mechanical correctness of a piece of writing. This accounts for spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and usage. The amount and usage of conventions is often dependent on grade level.

We will work on conventions by playing to edit or not to edit-That is the question. In this game we will go through a process for grammar and punctuation. Students will then: notice it, name it, try it, and apply it. Students would work together to help improve each other's writing.

+1 Presentation

Presentation combines both visual and textual elements. Presentation considers the formatting and look of the text as well as the presentation of a student reading their writing. We will present in our classroom by reading work aloud!

I hope to see strong presentation from all of children and hope that you will all be able to see their excellent writing as well. Thank you for coming!

Credits:

Created with images by AlexanderStein - "colored pencils pens crayons" • Pexels - "adult blur business" • US Department of Education - "SAD_Hortons_Kids 114" • qimono - "lightbulb bulb light" • moonlightbulb - "Book organization project" • HugoAtaide - "microphone audio voice" • moritz320 - "pens pen leave" • matuska - "book paper printed book" • MorganK - "question mark question why" • US Department of Education - "_LBW4417 (1)"

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