First Efforts at Written Conversations Strategies: Through his presentation as well as our hands-on exercises based on his new book, The Best-Kept Teaching Secret: How Written Conversations Engage Kids, Activate Learning, and Grow Fluent Writers Kwe came away energized with concrete and meaningful strategies we felt we could apply right away in a variety of ways with teachers and students across multiple subject areas.
Decide on an area of study currently taking place in your classroom for which you could collaborate with the students and write a class RAFT. For instance, if students are reading To Kill a Mockingbird, you may have students respond to the issues in the story as various characters to different audiences in multiple formats.
Have a class think-aloud to come up with ideas for the piece of writing that you will create as a group. Model on a whiteboard, overhead projector, or chart paper how you would write in response to the prompt.
Allow student input and creativity as you craft your piece of writing. Give students another writing prompt for which you have already chosen the role, audience, format, and topic and have students react to the prompt either individually or in small groups.
It works best if all students follow the same process so the students can learn from the varied responses of their classmates.
Choose a few students to read their RAFT aloud. Have a class discussion about how each student created their own version of the RAFT while using the same role, audience, format, and topic. As students become comfortable in reacting to RAFT prompts, give students a list of options for each component and let them choose their role, audience, format, and topic.
Eventually, students may choose a role, audience, format, and topic entirely on their own. Varied prompts allow students to compare and contrast multiple perspectives, deepening their understanding of the content when shared.He will say to student B “Name the character who blew down the houses.” Student B will write Big Bad Wolf on his grid.
NAME LOCATION: Big Bad Wolf farm Blew down house of straw 1 st Little Pig city Write Around: Have students in a group. Each student writes a topic sentence.
They move papers to the right. Learning to Write and. Read Aloud, Think Aloud, Write Aloud Lesson.
Student Learning Plan for Guided Reading Lesson and Read Write Think Aloud Lesson. by Mary Vause provide targeted instruction to individual students as you walk around the room while they write.
Some students will need help with logical reasoning, others with grammatical errors, others . What is Write-Around Discussion? This strategy provides students with opportunity to either activate prior knowledge on a topic or consolidate recently-learned information.
This strategy provides students with opportunity to either activate prior knowledge on a topic or consolidate recently-learned information. This strategy is for use with small groups of students. When a student has an academic vocabulary in their native language at grade level and their reading in their native language has automaticity with all of the comprehension strategies, and they can write on grade level ~ that is a good time to switch over to English.
learning strategy #7 - Write around. Give the students a topic and have them write for one minute. Then have all students pass their paper a specified direction (right, left, up, back) and then that student must write in response to, or add to, the first student for a specified length of time (one minute or less), continue times.