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Re: Cognitive Process Theory of Writing
Fri Sep 25, 2015 20:23 (XFF:

I recently used a (new to me) GO to teach a lesson on writing small moment stories. I don't know the actual name of the GO that I used, but it had a large circle with a small circle inside of it. I modeled how to think of a big topic--going to FL on vacation-- and thinking of small moments that happened on that trip. The small moment I decided to write about was parasailing, which I wrote in the small circle. Then I wrote all the small details about parasailing, how it felt, what I saw, what I thought, etc in the big, utter circle. This helped a lot of my students understand what a "small moment" actually is, and pinpoint a short period of time to write about versus writing a laundry list of their day (i.e. a student writing about riding the hang glider at the fair instead of writing about everything she did at the fair).

  • Cognitive Process Theory of Writing - shannonsilver, Sun Sep 20 17:03
    Graphic organizers fit perfectly in the planning process of writing. We used circle maps to generate ideas, concept maps to organize components and flow maps to help with sequencing. Dose anyone else ... more
    • Re: Cognitive Process Theory of Writing - brittanyavery, Fri Sep 25 20:23
      • Circle Map - megangouge, Sun Sep 27 12:42
        I love this idea of using circle maps for a small moment story! Small moments are such a hard thing for many students to grasp! I have used circle maps in the past with a number in the middle to show ... more
      • Circle Map - shannonsilver, Sat Sep 26 09:49
        That's a circle map and It is so versatile. You can use it for anything. I'm glad you saw it's usefulness. You could also use a tree map once the students have there small moment chosen and then they ... more
        • Circle Map - Regina, Sun Sep 27 13:14
          I've used circle maps and tree maps for many things, but using one for a small moment lesson is a great idea. I am currently taking the writing class and working on my Narrative unit so those ideas... more
    • Re: Cognitive Process Theory of Writing - byrdaw, Fri Sep 25 05:49
      I use the tree map from Thinking Maps. This assists students in writing three topic sentences. With lines underneath each topics, it guides students to support topics with sentences. This is the... more
      • Tree Maps - Melanie McLeod, Sat Sep 26 10:10
        Hi, Adele: Tree Maps are great for writing informational-book topics and details, as well. I enjoyed using them when I taught upper-elementary.
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