We discussed their writing and their process and determined they had not yet established fluency. This is often a problem for special ed. students for a variety of reasons.
- Sometimes they have low oral language. This prewsents a challenge because early reading and writing are base on oral language.
- Sometimes the physical act of writing slows down the thinking.
- Sometimes short term memory can not hold the information long enough to write the complete thoughts.
- Choose a recent experience all students have had. Share the topic with the students, i.e. Thanksgiving dinner.
- Divide the students into pairs. Using think, pair, share have each student write 3 "things" about the topic, i.e. 3 things you ate for Thanksgiving.
- Next, have the students meet with their partners and decide on 2 "things" to share, i.e. things they ate for Thanksgiving. The teacher moves around the room helping groups as needed.
- Each group reports out and the teacher records the invormation in the appropriate section of the 4 square (details).
- After adding the details, the teacher helps the students create and write a summary sentence.
- This piece can be added to each day and eventually result in a short paragraph or "piece" by the end of the week.
We tried it in class and the students thoroughly enjoyed it. Stay tuned. We will keep you posted.