Interactive Writing Book Study Ch 3 to 5 is what we are going to talk about today. Welcome back! If you want to catch up Chapters 1 and 2, you can click HERE to read them. I got this book from Amazon and you can order it by clicking HERE. (affilaite link)
Interactive Writing Chapter 3: Experience
The authors start out with a quote from K. Bromley, “Writers write about what they know.” The authors go on to challenge us to provide interactive writing opportunities that “select, capture, and record the meaningful events that students experience each day at school.” p. 30
There is a fantastic table on p. 31 that provides ideas on how to incorporate interactive writing across the curriculum and school day.
Naturally, my eye zoomed into the idea that the read aloud books we use every day is a perfect place to embed this type of instruction. As you know, we advocate interactive writing each day as part of our interactive read aloud experience. You can read more on this by clicking HERE.
Interactive Writing Chapter 4: Prewrite
The prewriting part of the lesson centers around student discussion. It is at this time you discuss the purpose and audience for your piece. The authors tell us that in kindergarten, the teacher makes many of these decisions since the students do not have as much experience with these concepts.
On p. 46 the authors discuss the steps teachers should consider in their prewrite planning:
- Student’s strengths and needs
- School or district writing expectations
- Real-world writing purposes
Then as you plan you should ask yourself a few questions:
- What type of writing will you do? (lists, letters, descriptive…)
- Why are you writing this? What is the purpose for writing this piece?
- Who is your audience? (peers, parents, others in the community…)
The authors also have a helpful table on page 56 that offers some tool suggestions. One of the tools mentioned is anchor charts.
Here is a VERY OLD anchor chart I did with my class on nonfiction writing. You can read more on this by reading THIS blog post.
The table on page 45 offers helpful suggestions for connecting student experiences to multiple types of writing.
Interactive Writing Chapter 5: Composing
With interactive writing, you are composing a piece of text one sentence at a time.
The authors go into specific ideas for lesson sequence on pages 65-66.
On page 67, the authors state, “The ultimate goal of interactive writing lesson is to improve students’ independent writing.” So they reiterate the need to specifically transfer the interactive lesson big ideas to the students’ independent writing. For example, you might say, “Today in our lesson we worked on rereading our previous sentence to make sure our next sentence will make sense and we don’t leave anything out. You should also practice this when you are writing on your own during writers workshop.”
I also love the table on p 76 that gives some suggestions for teaching craft during your interactive writing lesson.
One of my challenges in this book study is to not include EVERY TABLE this book has, because I don’t want to infringe on the authors’ intellectual property. BUT I must say, this book is FILLED with so many practical and grade specific suggestions. Although I am looking at it through the eyes of an early childhood education, it has just as many educational gems for grades 3-5. I highly recommend it! This would make an excellent school-wide book study!
Join me next week as we continue this book study!
I know some of you are still waiting on your books. When you get a chance, I would love to hear your reflections on this book! Simply comment on this post. If you have a blog where you added your discussion, please include a link to that post.