2012-2013 SEMINAR SESSIONS

SESSION 3
December 18th
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TOPIC: Writing skills.
Process to build up a text (II):Tasks and analysis of text type examples

Agenda and minutes

1. Exchange of material & successful practices
  • Arantza: some materials + photocopies of projects' procedures and daily routines
  • ????

2. Today's topic: Written skills. Process to build up a text (II)
This time we are going to reflect on materials and tools
our students will need in each step of the writing process. To do so, we will follow the whole process, starting by setting up the task to be accomplished and analyzing how to work on examples of text type.

Step 1: Setting up a task. We can choose it from curriculum topics, children's interests, social issues, an event or any recent incident.
  • Our task will be to make the digital Big Book of Inventors and Inventions. Thus, the writing task will be to write the biography of the inventor and the description of the invention, justifying why it has made a difference in human life.

Some examples of writing tasks can be found at WritingFix(see "Useful references" section below). One of them is

"Reduce, Reuse, Recycle...writing original songs (to familiar tunes) that help our environment"

In this lesson, students will use a song by Jack Johnson to develop ideas about how external image brown_bear_sm.jpgto “green” up their own classrooms, learning two songs (written to the tune of old classics) that will inspire them to brainstorm ideas for reducing, reusing, and recycling in school. Then, inspired by Bill Martin Jr.'s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, students will create a classroom “Green Guide Book,” listing ideas that the teacher and the students are willing to adopt and use as part of the classroom greening. Older students can then create original songs about "greening up" their schools, inspired by tunes of familiar songs. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.



An example of a writing task based on a reading (Log Hotel) and a Science lesson. Interesting resource to scaffold the structure of a non fiction text.

Step 2: Analyzing examples of text type for the content, for the language and for text features.
Scaffolding for this step is provided by means of anchor charts.
  • A collection of final tasks compiled by Pilar Etxebarria (B08) in Klikatekla :Atazak

  • Another collection of tasks to develop the Linguistic Communication Competence in Primary Subjects (Pilar Etxebarria & Bego Iturgaitz)



Examples of text type:
INVENTORS AND INVENTIONS
  1. Bio Thomas Alva Edison
  2. Description Phonograph
  3. description Light Bulb

Anchor charts

Using anchor texts
to improve and generate ideas for writing:
3.- Digital tools to work collaboratively: Google Drive (Docs)
Each group will create a document to gather their contributions when analyzing some text samples (inventors' biographies and description of inventions)
  • Creating and sharing a document
  • Inserting a table (content, language and text features)
  • uploading a document (a biography, description of invention)
  • writing comments




USEFUL REFERENCES:
1.- "Task-based language teaching: from theory to classroom practice". D. Nunan.

plenary05 nunan slides pdf
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2.- WritingFix: home of interactive writing prompts.
This on-line resource is used in the Northern Nevada Writing Project's Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) workshops for teachers, and it is designed to inspire writing about Science (and other Subjects) in the classroom.
Within this website teachers can also find a section related to Mentor texts to work on the Six Writing Traits (tutorial).
3.- Great Source iwrite offers several resources around writing such as writing prompts, mini lessons and more material about the Six Traits of Effective Writing (together with the tutorial mentioned above).
4.- The Balanced Literacy Diet: Putting research into practice in the classroom
external image 1.jpg?v=da028fA website focused on Reading & Writing, with many "recipes", useful references and video tours


5.- Reading Rocketalso offers a variety of resources and classroom strategies for Reading and Writing