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Rachel Caldwell
Prompts and Free Writing
Fri Jun 19, 2015 16:43
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I agree with you completely. I had never thought about how dependent I was on prompts and guided writing until I went through this lesson and these comments. I, like you, see the good in both. I believe that we can use prompts to guide students understanding of certain topics (as in the case of science and social studies mentioned), but there should still be free writing time. I worked in a first grade classroom Fall semester and observed the teacher doing both. They each had a journal that they got to write and draw in daily, and then the teacher would take them home to read and comment on them. This class had a child with high functioning Autism, and he loved getting to write about dinosaurs and his day (sometimes at the same time). This free write time was so important for the children to get to express themselves and to imagine.

  • prompts - catheyt, Fri Jun 19 08:38
    I thought this was interesting too. There are so many ways we can get our kids to write meaningful text without them becoming prompt dependent. BUT in a regular classroom kids have to write to... more
    • Prompts and Free Writing - Rachel Caldwell, Fri Jun 19 16:43
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