My students have been learning how to write a description using the PM Writing Big Book genre format. Focusing on making a plan with key words and ideas supported my Preps to maintain a content structure.
Their first attempt involved choosing something personal and familiar to them. They then drew a diagram/picture and labelled key parts and used key words which would support them when writing their text. This was their first attempt and therefore a baseline assessment.
Having completed their own attempt I planned to share making a description plan with my students. We chose Sharks and used pictures and diagrams to locate the vocabulary they would need. Each student completed their own copy of the shark description plan.
Today my students used their plans to write a descriptive piece about sharks. Constructing a good quality plan scaffolds student’s writing and enablesthem to write an expanded quality text.
First post for a while! Teachers in Victoria, Australia (for my international readers) return to school this Monday coming, so it seems timely that I put this post up. I’ve actually written several unfinished posts and they should be finished and posted soon.
Recently I gave a presentaion to a group of educators directed at using initial data to plan a reading program to meet the needs of all children. My presentation included an outline of the main strategies included in a balanced reading program and how my team support each other via planning. I also revisited Piaget with this group. It’s interesting that all members of this group had studied Piaget at some stage, but after having teaching experience they could understand the constructivist theory and how it underpins student learning.
I’ve included the powerpoint used for my reading presentation. My next presentation is in a few weeks to another group of educators and is focussed on using data to plan a writing program which meets the identified needs of all students. I’ll share my presentation once delivered.
P.S One ‘typo’ in the presentation! Can you find it?