Presentation on theme: "Get it WRITE: Building Writing Skills in the World Language Classroom Leslie Grahn, World Language Resource Teacher Monday, November 19, 2007 River Hill."— Presentation transcript:
Get it WRITE: Building Writing Skills in the World Language Classroom Leslie Grahn, World Language Resource Teacher Monday, November 19, 2007 River Hill High School Information Center
Reflection: Building writing skills in the WL classroom Kinds of writing activities I have used Challenges I have experienced Future goals for writing
Share what you wrote at your table. Kinds of writing activities I have used Challenges I have experienced Future goals for writing
TODAYS OUTCOMES Participants will… Build on background knowledge about writing standards, writing skills and writing process. Examine how to build writing activities. Share ideas for writing activities. Explore resources for incorporating writing into lesson and unit plans.
FL National Writing Standards: Communication
Our challenges… Trying to maintain a balance of CompetenceCommunication
Interlanguage Interference : Students think about what they want to communicate in L1 first, then attempt to convert those thoughts into L2.
Our Challenges… Disparity in expressive ability between L1 and L2
What do students need in order to write well? Purpose/Context Enough vocabulary, language Format Structure- focus questions, bullets Clear evaluation criteria
What to write about? How do you come up with topics/prompts for your writing assignments?
Developing Authentic Writing Tasks
Sources for writing prompts Can Teach: http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/p rompts.html http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/p rompts.html Writing Fix: http://www.writingfix.com/index.htm http://www.writingfix.com/index.htm United Streaming Writing Prompt Builder
Teaching students to use a process
Now, lets explore the writing process Check out the PowerPoints…
Ideas for Writing Formats
Writing Activities: Gallery Walk Using your graphic organizer, do a gallery walk of writing activity ideas
Writing Activities: Gallery Walk Now share what you found with your group.
Writing Activities: A Continuum Thank you note Friendly letter Journal entry Proposal of an idea InvitationLetter to the editor Interview questions Newspaper article Business letter Lists, labels EssayAdvertisement BrochureGreeting card WebpagePoem Set of instructions C.V.EmailJob application SpeechBook/film/ play review Want/ personal ad Dialogue Guided? Structured? Independent?
Meeting the diverse needs of our learners … scaffolding & support move from short to longer writing passages work from whole class to group/pair to individual differences in interest & motivational levels varied learning preferences