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Interactive Writing Book Study Ch 6 to 8! Let's look at the book Interactive Writing Across the Grades as part of our blog book study. These chapters focus on writing conventions and sharing the pen.

Interactive Writing Book Study Ch 6 to 8

July 17 Deedee 3 min read

Interactive Writing Book Study Ch 6 - 8! Let's look at the book Interactive Writing Across the Grades as part of our blog book study. These chapters focus on writing conventions and sharing the pen.

Interactive Writing Book Study Ch 6 to 8!  These chapters really focus on writing conventions and sharing the pen.

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Interactive Writing Chapter 6: Sharing the Pen

I love how the authors start this chapter out, “Share the Pen is informed by what you know about your students, your curriculum expectations, and the characteristics of good writing.” p. 79

On page 80, the authors address our “red pen” impulses to fix student writing.  I often say during writers workshop, we work on improving the writer and not necessarily the writing.   In other words, we work more on the writing process and less on the writing product.  So then I am asked, “When do you correct their work and teach them writing conventions?”   Well, we are teaching conventions all the time and it is embedded in EVERY mini-lesson in writers workshop.  However, with interactive writing, we correct the errors immediately.  In fact, they are corrected the moment they happen.

Page 81 has a great table to suggest some of the possibilities.Interactive Writing Book Study Ch 6 to 8! Let's look at the book Interactive Writing Across the Grades as part of our blog book study. These chapters focus on writing conventions and sharing the pen.

The art of teaching comes in when you decide what part of the sharing of the pen YOU will do and what part the students will do.  These decisions will depend on the time of the year AND these decisions will depend on the individual student who has control of the pen.  Some students will be working on the initial sounds, while some students will be writing the entire word.   Such an easy way to differentiate a lesson.  You can read more on this on page 85 of the book.

Those of us in the primary world will love the table on page 86.  We always start the year talking about student names.  

Interactive Writing Book Study Ch 6 to 8! Let's look at the book Interactive Writing Across the Grades as part of our blog book study. These chapters focus on writing conventions and sharing the pen.

Interactive Writing Chapter 7:  Review

On the piece is complete, students are invited to review the interactive writing piece to review some of the instructional moments that took place while composing it. This allows you to summarize the lessons learned and remind students to incorporate the same ideas and skills in their own independent writing.

Interactive Writing Chapter 8:  Extend

Once you finish a piece, the next question is what to do with it?  The table on p 124 gives some great suggestions!

Interactive Writing Book Study Ch 6 to 8! Let's look at the book Interactive Writing Across the Grades as part of our blog book study. These chapters focus on writing conventions and sharing the pen.

Adding visuals or illustrations helps support emergent writers while enhancing the finished project.  Extending the writing also offers a way to celebrate the writing.

Interactive Writing Book Study Ch 6 to 8! Let's look at the book Interactive Writing Across the Grades as part of our blog book study. These chapters focus on writing conventions and sharing the pen.

Next week we will wrap of this book study!

I would love to hear your reflections on these chapters!   Please add your comments or links to your blog posts!

Catch up on this book study!

If you are just getting started on this book study… no fear.  You can catch up on all of the chapters by clicking on the links below

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Interactive Writing Book Study Chapters 1 & 2

Interactive Writing Book Study Chapters 3 to 5

Interactive Writing Book Study Chapters 6 to 8

Interactive Writing Book Study Chapters 9 & 10

 

8 Comments

  • Maryann Krueger July 18 at 8:17 am

    I am so sorry I have been absent. My father passed away on the 5th, I was in California. I will catch up this week.

    • Deedee July 18 at 10:44 pm

      Oh my GOSH, Maryann! I am so sorry to hear that! The book study will be waiting for you whenever you are ready!

      • Maryann July 20 at 10:13 am

        Thank you Deedee!

    • Sandi July 19 at 5:29 am

      Sorry for your loss, Maryann. Praying for God’s peace and comfort for you and yours.

  • Sandi July 20 at 6:36 am

    SHARE THE PEN:
    I agree with your comments, Deedee, about focusing on the writer during Writing Workshop rather than the writing. I think interactive writing provides a venue for focusing on the writing, both craft and conventions, while still in that “safe environment:. It’s a hands on experience with editing a real piece of writing. I think this will add a missing piece to my literacy program. As I reflected on what I had been calling interactive writing in my classroom, I realized that it was mostly “share the pen” in its simplest form For example, filling the blanks, circling words or letters, etc. in my morning message. We did build anchor charts together and other graphs and sometimes thank you letters, but nothing was done as purposefully as what is described in this book. I love having the chance to think and reflect on each step, what its purpose is, and why it’s important. So often we as teachers can fall into doing things out of habit and lose sight of the why behind it- then we start taking short cuts and our teaching is less than what it could be. At least that happens to me, I probably should just speak for myself.

    I did have a question about spelling. I noticed on page 128 on some of the examples the spelling was not corrected. I accept all spelling in Writer’s Workshop (unless it’s word wall words- those they correct), but I wondered your thoughts on correcting spelling during interactive writing- for example using the name chart to point out spelling patterns. I guess it would depend on your teaching goals for the lesson.

    REVIEW: I loved the “scavenger hunt” review. It would be simple, quick, effective and the kids would be engaged.

    EXTENSION: This is the step that excites me the most. I can see it providing wonderful opportunities for crossing into all the disciplines. I do get weary of working inside a “box”. I love my job and where I work, but I sometimes (often) feel smothered by packaged curriculum. Fortunately we do have a certain amount of freedom and I think I could have a lot of fun using interactive writing to connect different subjects in a way that the kids would love.

    Thoughts?

  • Sandi July 27 at 8:39 am

    Deedee, are we still doing this book study?

    • Deedee July 27 at 1:59 pm

      Yes! Yes! Yes! I plan to have my final chapter posted by tomorrow or the next day AT the LATEST! (shouty caps are for me…ha!)

  • pictaram August 10 at 5:38 am

    Thank you for sharing about the book! It will be very helpful for my kid, she will become grade 6 student soon.

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