Melanie McLeod
Not During Writing Workshop
Thu Oct 8, 2015 06:07

Hi, Joanne:

I agree with your thoughts and the articles, as well. I do not want to spend any of my valuable process writing time working on basic grammar skills. I already have a very limited amount of time for Writing Workshop as it is. I have been thinking about implementing a Daily Fix-It activity during my morning Welcome Work to have my students practice correcting a couple of sentences. This would help me to fit in quick mini-lessons about basic sentence structure, capitalization, punctuation, nouns, and verbs. I may try to implement this activity into some of my morning routines and see how my primary-grade students respond.

  • Re: Effective Writing Practice - joanneabrams, Wed Oct 7 21:44
    Hi Melanie, I have tried incorporating grammer skills into my writing block and found myself losing a lot of the process of writing at the same time. I read in the article by Cutler and Graham that... more
    • Re: Effective Writing Practice - byrdaw, Tue Oct 13 20:27
      Perfectly stated writing goal. I wish I was instructed with these principles as an elementary student. I also agree with allowing the flow of writing. I often had to keep my mouth closed and let the... more
    • Writing Practice - haleyferrell, Thu Oct 8 11:39
      Joann, I understand what you are saying and your time is very limited. I had a student last year that had trouble with grammar and with remembering his sentence. So, to help him and to use time... more
      • Re:Writing Practicie - joanneabrams, Thu Oct 8 19:46
        Thanks Haley...I like the ideas you've shared and want to try the popsicle sticks with certain kinder students that I have in mind. When I taught 4th grade, I put those kind of sentences you... more
    • Not During Writing Workshop - Melanie McLeod, Thu Oct 8 06:07
      • Re: Not during writers wkshp - joanneabrams, Thu Oct 8 20:08
        Hi Melanie, I think teaching writing at any grade level is truly challenging, with that said however, K-1 teachers are teaching writing on such a wide spectrum...from learning how to grip a pencil... more
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