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The Writing Process

The Writing Process in a WWP class is generally no different than a traditional class except that students are using technology.  Teachers will still be doing activities of Prewriting, Brainstorming, Drafting, Revising, Proofing, Editing, and Publishing. 

1.      Prewriting and Brainstorming is any activity in which writers are determining their topic, and purpose. They should also be keeping their audience in mind.

  • Several teachers use the framework of RAFTS to help students plan their writing.  Not that they are trying to keep afloat in classes.  RAFTS stands for ROLE, AUDIENCE, FORM, TOPIC AND STRONG VERB (explain, persuade).
  • Primary teachers use drawing to help students to access prior knowledge about a potential writing topic.  Use Notebook or iPad apps such as Drawcast, to have students draw their ideas.
  • Use online apps such as Portrait Maker or the iPad app Portrait to create avatars for characters in stories
  • Use Media to help students come up with ideas.  Do an image search, find a sound effect or explore Educational videos through sites such as NeoK12, YouTube, or National Geographic For Kids
  • Using technology, students can quickly research topics using sites such as Simple Wikipedia or QWiki (also iPad app)
  • Using graphic organizers like Inspirations (Application and iPad App) allows students to web ideas and begin the organization of their ideas. They can use text, pictures and even audio to capture their ideas.

2.      Drafting

  • Using a word processing application such as Word, Pages or Open Office, allows the Process pieces for Drafting, Revising, Proofing and Editing to become intertwined.  No longer does the writer need to work through draft, then revise, then proof, etc, a 21st century writer does this simultaneously.
  • have students use the Quick Scales (available on this site) to self assess or have a peer assess their work

3.      Publishing

  • Their are a variety of ways for students to present their final projects

    iPad Apps

    Computer Apps

    Pages
    Comic Life
    Inspirations
    KeyNote
    I Tell a Story, BookCreator

    iMovie

    Notebook

    Let students be creative in choosing a way to present their work! Enjoy!

     

    Word, Open Office
    Comic Life
    Inspirations
    PowerPoint
    Garage Band: Podcast, iPhoto or PowerPoint
    iMovie

    Notebook

     

     

     

Formative Assessment

Using technology has made it easier for teachers to use Formative Assessment in their classroom.  Formative assessment is assessment used to inform your instructions. This type of work should never be used for giving students final grades. We as teachers, must be aware of how easy we can fall into only using these technology tools for Summative Assessment.

Sites such as Schoology and Socrative have ability to create questions for students to answer, but be careful not to use only for generating a “mark”.  These sites give percentages which are not useful in giving teachers directions to plan. Knowing if you need to readdress a concept helps in the planning of future activities. In Google Forms, teachers can create surveys which give immediate feedback to teachers, without generating an individual percentage mark.

Other Formative Assessment Ideas:

  1. Posting “Big” Questions on forums or sites such as http://wallwisher.com/ allows students to answer questions and ask questions anonymously.
  2. Using Kidblog to have students publish their work. Teachers and students can give descriptive feedback, as comment, to their peers.
  3. When sharing “Word” documents electronically, insert descriptive feedback, using the Comments feature.
  4. Continue to use the BC Performance Standards with students for self assessment.
  5. Use collaborative writing sites such as Type with me or Primary Pad to have students collaborate on a document.  These sites allow students to “Chat” as they write.  Encourage the chat to be structured around the writing.
  6. Use Applications where students can record themselves explaining their understanding, such as Notebook, Inspirations, or iPad Apps such as ScreenChomp or Show Me.

Check out Stacey Stevens Crossroads Blog about Formative Assessment