Wednesday, January 6, 2010

January 5th, Visit to Jay Middle School, Grades 5/6


Diane and I met in the morning and she shared the Christmas project students enjoyed.  She crafted a RAFTS (remember 6+1 specifies a strong verb giving the writing a tone and adding to voice) for her students as follows:
Role: Santa's Elf
Audience: Santa
Format: Letter
Topic:  raise
Strong Verb: Convince


Diane's students also develop voice by writing in their reading journals.   The book she is using is Loser by Jerry Spinnelli (can find it on Amazon.com)-a great book to discuss bullying and social skills.  Students love this book!  Diane assigns students writing assignments in a RAFTS format, requiring them to take on the voice of a character in the book.  

She also has students identify characters based on quotes she reads them.  Students describe what let them know who the character was - focusing on word choice, tone, sentence fluency, etc.  This activity is crucial because it provides a link between reading and writing.



Thanks Diane!  Great job:)




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