Our writing instruction this year is from a mixed bag of various adolescent writing experts.
Atwell / mini-lessons applied in student’s own work
Gould / rubrics tailored specifically to strand
Being a Writer / emulated pieces (study a piece of published work and copy the style)
After working with Ira Socol, I’ve branched out on our last class project. The kids were allowed to create a rough draft of a story, but the final product could be a film, Voicethread, Go Animate!, Prezi, or written story (whatever the students chose). They learned that writing was needed as a way of communication regardless of the final medium used to tell the story.
Pieces we’ve done this year….
Where I’m From (poem)
Hyperbole Story (creative piece)
My Future (5X5 essay)
If I Had a Story to Tell… (project)
Free Choice Writing Piece (currently working….)
I also have the kids writing blogs on their own web-sites and creating reading response journals twice a week.
Skills we’ve covered…
prewrite, paragraph structure, essay format (thesis statement, topic statements, supporting details, conclusions)
comma conjunction rule, intro phrases, creative intro / conclusions sentences (no death sentences), dialogue
stong diction, figurative language