This is a blog post to show you some of the resources we use at school to help us with our writing process.
On Friday this week the class will be taking home their first rough copy of their books and they will get a chance to “publish” it at home! The class all had a chance to self-assess their work against the narrative writing criteria. I also have gone through and graded their rough copy using the narrative writing checklist. Please return the rough copy together with the teacher and student rubrics on Tuesday 10th October.
The students have the weekend and Monday to copy their story down onto the new paper while also getting to work on their best handwriting. Our rough copies can be messy because we have added a lot of information. Re-writing will give them a chance to make sure everything is in the right place. We also want to give them enough time to work on their pictures to make sure they are the best they can be! They may also finish their title page and even add a short blurb on the back of their books! Please also practice reading the story aloud as we will be sharing them with Montessori next week Thursday!
This is a great opportunity for you to sit with your child and ask them questions about the writing process and see how they collect their ideas and put it on to paper.
We kindly ask that you not do the following (below) and recommend ways to help them instead. This is their first published piece in first grade and there will be mistakes in their writing. We are not expecting perfectly spelled books or complete sentences.
-Don’t tell them how to spell every word correctly…
…. If a word is not spelled correctly, help them sound out parts that may be missing/different and ask which letters they could use to make that sound.
-Don’t tell them what to write…
… Ask them “who, what, when, where, why, how” questions to help clarify their ideas.
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