I'm so excited about being part of the 1st "Bright Idea" Blog Hop. Although I'm retired, I love being able to share some great tips and ideas to help you make a difference for your students. I spent the last 9 years as an ESL Resource Specialist at a Title I Elementary School in Anchorage, Alaska. For so many students, especially your ESL and struggling students, writing is a very difficult skill as they have a limited vocabulary and understanding of sentence writing. In order for students to write, they need to have words and ideas to write about.Here are a few tips to think about when you plan your writing instruction to help students become successful writers. For those of you who have implemented the CCSS you may already be using these tips when students write about topics in science and social studies.
- Students need to write about a topic that they are learning about.
- They need to have many vocabulary words in their word bank.
- They need to talk about the topic during Read Alouds.
- They need to read books at their reading level about the topic.
Then I make Parts of the Sentence Frame cards and give each student a set. I also put a set in a pocket chart.
The I place the cards under the correct part of the sentence in the pocket chart and we read the complete sentence. I continue with other examples to make sure that all my students understand the parts of a sentence. Hope you liked my "Bright Idea". If you are looking for another great "Bright Idea" head on over Ariane's at The Science Penguin. She shares some great tips you that you will definitely want to check out. Just click on the image below.
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