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.
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 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!
Adding visuals or illustrations helps support emergent writers while enhancing the finished project. Extending the writing also offers a way to celebrate the writing.
Next week we will wrap of this book study!
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