| Writing Block
This block should last 30 - 40 minutes.
Goals for writing:
See writing as a way to tell about things.
Learn to read through writing.
Apply grammar and mechanics in their own writing.
Segment 1 - Mini-Lesson - Teacher
Begin the writing block with a ten-minute mini-lesson. Use the overhead
projector or a large piece of chart paper. Write and model all the things that
Choosing a topic.
What to do if you can't spell a word.
Puctuation and grammar.
Segment 2 - Children Writing and
Students will write on a topic of their choice. It may take one to several days to
complete a writing piece. The children will keep their writing in a folder. The
folders should contain their:
Work in progress
An editing checklist:
1. Did I use capital letters?
2. Did I put punctuation marks at the end of my sentences?
3. Do my sentences make sense?
4. Did I check word wall words?
A list of topics
During writing time I conference with as many children as possible. At the first
grade level, I do not require my children to edit every piece they write. I also do
the publishing by typing their finished stories. Sometimes I have the children do
their own publishing by rewriting their finished stories.
Segment 3 - Sharing
During the last five minutes of the writing block several of the children will read
their finished stories to the class. Having an author's chair is a special way for
the children to share their writing. Questions may by asked after each student