Extending Interactive Writing
Blake Mosier- Section C- 9/10/15
What is interactive writing?
Principles of interactive writing:
- Value Each Step in the Lesson: Each part of a lesson takes a lot of attention by the teacher and students combined. If the teacher is excited about each part, the students will stay engaged with what is being taught.
- Balance the Planned and Unplanned Teaching Opportunities: Like any other lesson, interactive writing will have its teaching moments. It is important as the teacher to know how to steer a conversation to stay on task. At times you also have to take advantage of students questions to capitalize on learning.
- Make Intentional Teaching Decisions as Writers Develop: Each one of your students will be at a different level so it is your job as the teacher to know where your students are at and scaffold learning.
- Make Explicit Links to Students' Own Work: Students learn best when content is connect to their real world experiences. Pull out specific examples of students to highlight a unique aspect about them individually.
Essential parts of lesson:
Prewrite- students & teachers will discuss activity and layout of writing
Compose- discuss what they want to write & put into action using "rules of writing"
Share the Pen- both teacher & student will taking turns drafting the text
Review & Extend- teacher can hang the final product as a reminder for future reference
From a reading standpoint, this article does really well at elaborating on this concept and give specific step by step instructions. It gives helpful tips by grade levels and guides you to be successful. After reading this article you will be fully equipped to implement interactive writing in your own classroom!
- What is the difference between shared writing and interactive writing?
- Do you think interactive writing can be used after 6th grade? Why/how?
- What is an adaptation you could make for struggling writers in your classroom?