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Transcript of Writing
The Writing Process
What is writing?
Picking up a pencil and forming letters either by printing or cursive
Composing a piece of text
Teaching Practical English to Young Learners
Review: Things we already know!
Ways to teach writing
Grammar by grade - The Big Picture
Helpful grammar tools and practice
The writing process
Writing is a combination of process and product.
Process - act of gathering ideas and working them until they are comprehensible to readers.
Product – the final piece of writing.
Two areas of development to consider:
Fine motor skills or physical skills
What’s our job?
To teach students how to print letters.
To teach students how to write words.
To capture the students’ ideas to put on paper.
How to hold a pencil
Practice letter groups based on how the letters are formed.
Straight line group: l t i
Counter cw group: f c a d e s o u
Clockwise group: h r n m b
Slants group: k v w x z
Tails group: j g q p y
Ways to Teach Writing
Model writing with guide lines on the board with big letters.
Demonstrate writing the letter in the air with your index finger and have students follow.
Have students write in their notebook.
Note - Fluid (smooth) motion is more important than accuracy in the lines in the beginning.
Hand Writing Readiness (Warm-Up Exercises)
Scans from workbooks
Hand Writing Readiness
Perform an activity to introduce the topic and get the students thinking.
Example: Make a grocery list.
Suggestions: Maybe draw a refrigerator and cupboard on the board and ask the students what they want to put in. When they say items, draw them in the fridge or cupboard. Talk about whatever the topic of the Unit in the book is.
After pre-writing, it’s time to write! The goal is to get the thoughts and ideas onto paper.
Example: steps to getting ready for school.
Wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast, gather backpack, go to school.
After teacher gives feedback on their writing (praise, suggestions, improvements).
Ex: Student writes
The puppy makes me smile. Puppies are nice.
In B.M, tell the student the first sentence tells the reader why you like puppies. Why else do you like puppies? What is your puppy’s name?
This can be tricky. Students usually feel that once it is on paper, than it is finished.
As a teacher, you don’t want to discourage them or dampen their enthusiasm for writing, but it is also important for them to know how to write using standard conventions of spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
It is a good idea to have a writing checklist on the wall.
Did you capitalize the first word in every sentence?
Did you put a full stop at the end of each sentence?
Does each sentence have a subject, verb, and object?
5 Steps to Process Writing
Ready to be shared.
Show the students a prewrite & discuss the topic.
Helps guide the students by modeling sentences.
Shows the students a publishing of writing with a combination of text and illustration.
Other techniques and activities:
Talking and Writing Box
Cartoons with bubble dialogues
Scaffolding Young Writers: A Writers’ Workshop Approach
Teaching Writing: Balancing Product and Product
Helpful Web sites
National Council of Teachers of English (www.ncte.org)
National Writing Project (www.writingproject.org)
Things to consider:
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Why is writing so important?
Process writing helps develop fluency.
Types of Writing Activities