Friday, February 20, 2015

The Writing Process in Action

 Today's Learning Objectives  Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. Use technology to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

The Writing Process in Action  Not even the best writers can crank out a piece of publishable writing in a single sitting. For world renowned published authors and for each of us, writing is a process. That process has been evident in this classroom throughout the week and will continue today. Earlier in the week you were provided with a writing prompt, which was followed by time for brainstorming and prewriting. Next, came the drafting stage where each of your stories begin to stake shape and come to life. Today, we will continue the process by engaging in a peer revision and editing session, which will be followed by some time for final revisions and edits, and lastly, we will publish our writing! 

Peer Revising and Editing  Today you will have the opportunity to share your current piece of writing, 100 Word Challenge: ... but it said 'sweet' on the wrapper... (Week 22), with one of your peers in class. Remember that your task when reviewing someone else's writing is to both help with basic editing and to provide constructive feedback that is helpful to the writer. Your peer editing should include a balance of corrections, suggestions, and compliments. Positive feedback is important too!  

After you know who you will be sharing your writing with, click on "Share at the top of your document. Next, enter their full name and click "Done." The document should now be available in the "Shared with Me" or "Incoming" section of your Google Drive.


Remember to let our rubric (below) be your guide. If you notice a run-on sentence or fragment, let them know. If you can think of a more descriptive or precise word to use, suggest it. If verb tenses are inconsistent, make that clear. If a transition word or phrase might be helpful in moving events along, mention it. 

There are a couple of ways to make suggestions and comments. You can use the "Suggesting" function within Google Docs, where you can make suggested edits that the writer can then later accept or reject. Secondly, you could also simply highlight text and make comments and suggestions that way.

I would encourage you to also engage in conversation with each about each other's pieces of writing. If you have questions about your partner's story, ask. If you're unsure about what your peer editor is suggesting, seek clarification.  

Finishing Touches and Publishing  Now that you've received feedback, it's just about time to publish this week's 100 Word Challenge. Please look over your 100 Word Challenge: ... but it said 'sweet' on the wrapper... (Week 22) story carefully. Did you skillfully integrate the words "but it said 'sweet on the wrapper" from this week's prompt? Does your story flow naturally from beginning to end? Did you use descriptive words and sensory details? Did you carefully review your spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar? Did you make sure your verb tenses are consistent and that you have employed correct and varied sentence structures? Please make sure your piece of writing is good as it can be.

Next, it's publishing time! Copy your story from your Google Doc and then login to Kidblog. Make a new post. This week you once again get to title your story whatever you find fitting; just make sure you put 100 WC: before your chosen title. Paste your story. Make sure you highlight, color, or bold the seven words from this week's prompt, so your readers can locate them easily. Finally, click "Publish".

Next, copy the web address of your posted story and then head over to 100 Word Challenge. Scroll down and paste the web address into the box that says 'Blog Link'. Enter your first name, 6th Grade, Lakeview Middle School, and for location: Watsonville, California, U.S.A. Finally, click 'Submit'. Congratulations on being published writers!   

If you post early enough and time permits, feel free to leave positive comments and/or constructive feedback for your fellow writers from around the world. 

Author's Chair  I would like to celebrate some of our published authors today by inviting those who are interested to read your stories to the class today. Please pay attention to intonation (by making sure your tone changes to match what is being read), phrasing (by reading smoothly and using punctuation to tell you when to stop, pause or emphasize), and expression (by using your voice to express the feeling of what is being read). It takes a lot of courage to get in front of a group of people! During a reading, the audience should remain attentive and respectful, and afterwards should try to offer positive and constructive feedback. (Some "response stems" for feedback can be found below.) 

Homework  Make sure you read for 30 minutes at least once over the weekend and make an entry on your 3rd Quarter Reading Log. Don't forget to try one of the 100 New Year's Reading Resolutions for 2015 and make note of it on your log. I will be grading this week's Reading Log on Monday, February 23.

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