Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"How To" Writing!

We have been busy little beavers in our room. Here are a couple of samples.  One is from one of my more proficient students. The other is from one of my intervention sweeties.  Despite where they are with their transcription skills, they are both able to participate in this genre... I love it!

This young man has a lot of energy to write on this particular topic.  In fact he has LOTS of energy to write on all things that are Ninja, Transformers, or Mario related.  Do you have a few of these writers in your room?  Do I want to tell him that he can't write about a subject he is excited about? No! Way!  

If you are following our writing units you can probably spot where my mini-lesson came in about adding warnings and helpful hints.






This young guy LOVES the bus!!!  You can see him on the bus. 
Can you spot the bus driver? Hilarious! He will talk forever about the third person in this picture.  "Oh, that's J. He rides my bus.  His sister does too, but she's mean, so she is not in the picture."

You will notice that he does not have letter/sound association yet. He only knows a few sounds, so why would I expect him to have them in his writing?  However, this guy knows that letters make up words.  So he is now adding a string of letters.  If you sat by his side as he wrote these letters, you would see him stretching out the words and going through the motions. This is very encouraging!  As soon as he has letter/sound association, he will have the behaviors in place to apply them correctly.

What else can he do?  He can compose a coherent message in a sequential order!
Wonderful!


Can you see him getting off the bus?



 What a perfect activity to include in our content area studies this week!  While I know we will be moving on past procedural texts soon, I also know I can always bring them back and revisit them.  My students understand how these type of texts work.



I hope you are having a great Pre-Turkey Day week!

12 comments:

  1. Haha! I love the ninja writing sample! I have lots of superhero writing going on this year. We are almost through your second writer's workshop unit and I'm excited to get to the How-To writing in the third unit. Thanks for creating these-my students just lovvvve our writer's workshop time and it's been a blast to see their writing develop and passion grow so quickly this year!

    Kelly
    Kindergarten Kel

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    1. You are welcome! My class was filled with superhero frenzy last year! This year we are all about video game characters... OY! It is like a foreign language for me!

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  2. You know you were born to be a kindergarten teacher when looking at work samples like those pulls at your heart strings. They are so special :) Thank you for sharing them.Your little kindys are doing such great writing - I can just imagine their proud faces :)

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    1. Thank you! I read your comment to my class today and told them that there was a sweet lady ALL THE WAY in Australia who has read their writing. They thought that was incredible!!!

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  3. Thanks for the shout out DeeDee! Love to look at the writing from your kiddos!

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  4. Fantastic stuff my friend (as usual). I love seeing kinders blossom and grow - it especially shows in their writing. Thanks for sharing - it started my day off with a smile. Merry Thursday :)


    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

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    1. Thank you Kelley! I did have a Merry Thursday BTW!!!

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  5. Thanks for sharing your children's wonderful work. You can see how excited they are about writing - not matter where their skill level is. Renee

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  6. That's pretty great writing for kindergarten :)

    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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  7. Oh my word, those ninja stories cracked me up. Very practical for anyone wanting to become one. ;)

    Love it!

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    1. Ha! I know! Now, I just need to figure out where to buy the "gadgets."

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