Alexandra Kimball - Section C - February 11, 2016
What is interactive writing?
-Uses a technique call "sharing the pen"
-Has many opportunities to differentiate instruction to meet specific students needs.
The Essential Parts of an Interactive Writing Lesson
2. Prewrite:The teacher and the students consider the form and function of the writing. (example: a report to share what they learned)
3. Compose: The teacher and students discuss the specific content of the writing. Students share their ideas as the teacher helps the class decided the language of the text.
4. Share the Pen: The teacher and the students take turns with the pen. The teacher writes some of the message and then chooses students to write at points of high instructional value. Students can add letters, letter clusters, whole words, or punctuation. Editing of conventions are either done at point of error or at the end.
5. Review: After the message is complete, the teacher helps the students to revisit a few of the instructional points. At the end of the review the teacher will often briefly summarize what is learned about the craft and conventions of writing.
6. Extend: The class continues to use the completed writing piece as an instructional tool. For example, the teacher might mount the writing to make a class book or mural
Four Key Shifts in Grades 2-5
2. Share the Pen: Modifications in Pace, Discussion, and Medium: In pre-k through 1st grade the students usually write on a word-by-word or even letter by letter basis, 2nd grade they write several words or an entire sentences, 3rd-5th grade the teacher can guide the students in talking about the conventions before the pen is shared.
3. Lesson Frequency and Duration: Less and More: For students of any age the interactive writing lessons need to be fast-paced and demand engagement. In the early grades the lessons are short but they happen more frequent but as they get older there are less lessons but they become 20-30 minutes per lesson.
4. Teaching Points: Expand and Extend Around Genre: The topic is based around something that is engaging and interesting for the whole class. In the upper grades the finished interactive writing pieces can serve as exemplars for the students.
Universal Elements of Interactive Writing: Four Principles That Hold for All Grades
2. Balance the Planned and Unplanned Teaching Opportunities: The main goal of interactive writing is to teach students strategies that they can use when writing themselves. It is the skillful balancing of planning ahead and teaching in the moment that allows teachers to achieve this goal.
3. Making Intentional Teaching Decisions as Writers Develop: The real learning moments come from instructional decision-making relating to the unique strengths and needs of students at a particular moment in time. The most effective teachers make strategic decisions about each child and are very intentional about each teaching point in order to maximize student learning.
4. Make Explicit Links to Students Own Work: Teachers are more effective with this method when they are deliberate in their talk with students about how to apply what they are learning during whole-class interactive writing lessons to their independent writing. Not all students will make these connections independently, some need explicit direction.
Getting Started with Interactive Writing (Grades 2–5): Seven Points for Preparation
2. Consider Carefully the Time of Day to Deliver the Lesson
3. Create a Comfortable Space Near Writing Resources
4. Use Highly Visible Materials
5. Prepare to Make Thoughtful Teaching Decisions
6. Keep All Students Engaged
7. Be Patient With Yourself!
More information about interactive writing
Reading Rockets: Interactive Writing
2. How would you chose a student to write during "sharing the pen"? Should students be called out if they don't volunteer?
3. How would you chose a topic that will engage the whole class? How would you get a student engaged in the process if they seemed uninterested in the topic?