This week, we finished our read aloud, How To Eat Fried Worms, by Thomas Rockwell.
But instead of just talking about it... I surprised my kids with cups of dirt filled with worms! After the screaming subsided and everyone calmed down, I pulled out the chart paper and pencils- and the Shared Writing began! Shared Writing is a a great way to model the essential steps of the writing process -while you are writing about a common experience that you have had together. The ideas for a shared experience are limited only by your imagination. In the past, my kids have written about everything from Building a Life-Size Scarecrow to The Perfect April Fool Surprise, which involved playing a trick on our friends across the hall!
Top 3 things that I love about Shared Writing are:
a. You can focus on any writing skill that you are currently practicing.
b. It provides support and scaffolding for your struggling writers.
c. Best reason of all- IT IS FUN!!
Follow these easy steps to try it in your classroom this week!
STEPS of SHARED WRITING
The first step of shared writing is to create a common experience for the class. This is an event in which everyone participates or observes and can later generate thoughts and feelings about and eventually write a common story. Elementary school classrooms are full of opportunities to generate common experiences for kids. It is something that elementary school teachers do naturally. They look for ways to make the learning memorable and lasting for students. Common experiences are what children remember when they look back on the year they spent in a classroom. Lessons are easily forgotten but a shared experience is still being talked about long after the year has ended These might include a science experiment, a walk to the school garden, a visit from a speaker, a school assembly, a class party, etc. Ideas for shared experiences are limitless! The teacher can take pictures of the event to help preserve the memory.
And check out another source of writing that I use in my classroom:
Jeff Anderson- Write Guy