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Real World Writing: A Strategy for Developing Ideas

Life Skills:

  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Communication

Curriculum Tie:

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 45 minutes.


 

Summary:
Real-world writing allows students and teachers to connect the dots between writing in the classroom by classifying writing into six areas: Express and Reflect; Inform and Explain; Evaluate and Judge; Inquire and Explore; Analyze and Interpret; Take a Stand/Propose a Solution.

Main Curriculum Tie:
English Language Arts Grade 9-10Writing Standard 10
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Materials:
Writing materials

Background For Teachers:
The writing grid can be used as the basis for yearlong writing projects based on student interest. It can also be adapted and used with content instruction for science, social studies, and the arts.

This strategy also enables students to learn transitions within a paper, research and inquiry strategies, and reflective writing.

Attachments

Student Prior Knowledge:
Students need to be able to read and write.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will generate ideas for writing and be able to incorporate specific details in projects.

Instructional Procedures:
Model each of these writing strategies with students before assigning individual writing. Writing with your students helps them learn the process of writing.

  1. Students select a topic of interest.
  2. Using the topic of interest, students complete the "One Topic = Eighteen" grid.
  3. After completing the grid, students work on one writing topic at a time, beginning with Express and Reflect. This narrative writing strategy allows students to explain why the topic interests or to share a personal experience that relates to the topic they've selected
  4. Students then complete various writing assignments using the grid as the outline for their written projects

Extensions:
The writing grid can be used as the basis for yearlong writing projects based on student interest. It can also be adapted and used with content instruction for science, social studies, and the arts.

Assessment Plan:
This is a prewriting strategy. Completion of the graphic organizer or its application to final projects could be used for assessment.

Bibliography:
Gallagher, Kelly. Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling & Mentor Texts. Stenhouse: Portland, 2011

Author:
KIM RATHKE

Created Date :
May 23 2013 08:40 AM

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