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Writing Instruction

on February 21, 2012

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….
Bio-Poem
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…
organization
prewrite, paragraph structure, essay format (thesis statement, topic statements, supporting details, conclusions)

sentence variety
comma conjunction rule, intro phrases, creative intro / conclusions sentences (no death sentences), dialogue

word choice
stong diction, figurative language

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