Monday, May 29, 2017

Writing Strategies Goal 8: Conventions - Spelling & Letter Formation



Welcome to our book study of The Writing Strategies Book:  Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Writers by Jennifer Serravallo! I am joining forces with some other fabulous teacher bloggers to discuss the writing strategies we come across in this AMAZING professional text!    

Because this book isn't your typical professional development book filled with individual "chapters" of narrative, each teacher blogger will be giving you a glimpse into the 10 goals that are represented in the text.  Each goal area is filled with many valuable strategies that will help you to support and guide your students as they become better writers.  Keep in mind, we are only highlighting a FEW strategies in each section.  There are over 300 strategies in the whole book!

You can find my posts for previous sections below:









It  is important for students to learn how words are spelled so that others can comprehend what has been written.

Serravallo cautions that we shouldn't assume that spelling errors mean that students are being careless, but that they are writing the way they know how.  She suggested using a spelling assessment, such as the spelling inventory from Words Their Way, in order to learn more about your students' spelling understandings.



When choosing this as a goal for your students to work on, you may want to consider students who:

* show they are ready for this strategy based on spelling inventory.

* have writing samples with a high frequency of certain types of spelling errors.


Focus Strategy 1: Vowel Charts for the Middle of Words

This strategy teaches the child to say a word they are having trouble spelling slowly.  They should first record the beginning sound.  Then they say it again listening for the middle of the word.  They check a vowel chart to see which letter or letter combinations might make the sound.

Here is an example of a vowel chart from The Clever Classroom.






Focus Strategy 2: Use Your Resources to Spell

When a student tries to spell a word (or attempts to correct the spelling of a word), they should ask themselves, "Have I seen this word written somewhere else before?"

They should check resources such as books, word walls, personal dictionaries, etc.




Focus Strategy 3: Use Words You Know to Spell Unknown Words

This strategy asks students to think about words they know how to spell that might sound like a word they know.  For example, if they were trying to spell the word "exit" they might think about the word "it" to help them spell it.

This page features prompts students can use to help them spell including these strategies and several others.  You might want to print it out for your students to refer to.




If you would like to purchase the book mentioned above, you can find it here.



This post contains affiliate links. I earn a small commission each time someone makes a purchase using one of my links, which helps to support the blog.  All opinions are my own and I only promote brands and products that I have used myself and truly love.  

Make sure to visit Katie over Running for Literacy. She is our official hostess for this week, and she has some more strategies and great ideas for you!




If you would like to link up your own blog posts about this book, feel free to do so in the linky below!  Don't forget to check out the other bloggers' posts as well as they write them for even more ideas!





Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway May 29, 2017




It is time for our weekly giveaway!





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Monday, May 22, 2017

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway May 22, 2017




This Friday is our last day of school for the 2016-2017 school year!  Even though it is the last few days, I am still planning because I will be teaching summer school (Kinder ELL), and I just can't turn that teaching brain off!

If you are like me, I'm sure you'd love a $25 Teachers pay Teachers gift card!  Even if you're not in planning mode, you can save it until Back to School!




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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Writing Strategies Goal 7: Word Choice



Welcome to our book study of The Writing Strategies Book:  Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Writers by Jennifer Serravallo! I am joining forces with some other fabulous teacher bloggers to discuss the writing strategies we come across in this AMAZING professional text!    

Because this book isn't your typical professional development book filled with individual "chapters" of narrative, each teacher blogger will be giving you a glimpse into the 10 goals that are represented in the text.  Each goal area is filled with many valuable strategies that will help you to support and guide your students as they become better writers.  Keep in mind, we are only highlighting a FEW strategies in each section.  There are over 300 strategies in the whole book!

You can find my posts for previous sections below:







This goal is all about Word Choice.  Serravallo says that the words we choose as writers "have the power to communicate tone, clarify an intended meaning (or not), and give writing voice".  If students don't carefully consider their choice of words, they can end up with writing that is vague or flat.

She also says that some writers don't need to give deliberate attention to word choice.  These students write with voice and clarity already.  For others, strategies in this section will help elevate their writing and style.






When choosing this as a goal for your students to work on, you may want to consider students who:

* write pieces that are organized and detailed, but could use work communicating their meaning by being more specific or precise.

* could use help varying the words they use in their writing.


Focus Strategy 1: Onomatopoeia: Sound Effects

My students LOVE this strategy - quite possible because the word onomatopoeia sounds so funny, but, I will take any reason for engagement and excitement about writing!  

You ask the student to imagine themselves inside their story.  What do they hear? How would they write that word?

You could introduce this strategy with the video below:





You might also want to provide students with an anchor chart like the one below as well.


Focus Strategy 2: Write With Authority: Domain Specific Vocabulary

This strategy asks students to keep a list if words authors use about the topics they are researching.  They could then use the list to help them use domain specific vocabulary in their writing.  

You might start the lesson with an anchor chart like this one from the book.


Focus Strategy 3: Precise Nouns


In this strategy, students return to their drafts, underlining all of the nouns.  They should look back at these nouns and ask themselves, "Can I get any more specific?"  Instead of just saying the boy, could they mention them by name?

I might introduce this strategy with one of our current read alouds, such as Wonder.



I would have the students see if they can find the different nouns in a page, and see where the author was REALLY specific.  In this page they might notice that the costumes were specifically Egyptian costumes and Indiana Jones-type archaeologists. I would ask them, " How do these specific nouns help the readers make a better picture in their mind?"

If you would like to purchase the book mentioned above, you can find it here.



This post contains affiliate links. I earn a small commission each time someone makes a purchase using one of my links, which helps to support the blog.  All opinions are my own and I only promote brands and products that I have used myself and truly love.  

If you would like to link up your own blog posts about this book, feel free to do so in the linky below!  Don't forget to check out the other bloggers' posts as well as they write them for even more ideas!





Monday, May 15, 2017

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway May 15, 2017





The end of school year is fast approaching!  We only have 2 weeks left of school!  But, I'm sure many of you are already getting a head start on next year.  Wouldn't a $25 Teachers pay Teachers gift card come in handy?




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Friday, May 12, 2017

Writing Strategies Goal 6: Elaboration



Welcome to our book study of The Writing Strategies Book:  Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Writers by Jennifer Serravallo! I am joining forces with some other fabulous teacher bloggers to discuss the writing strategies we come across in this AMAZING professional text!    

Because this book isn't your typical professional development book filled with individual "chapters" of narrative, each teacher blogger will be giving you a glimpse into the 10 goals that are represented in the text.  Each goal area is filled with many valuable strategies that will help you to support and guide your students as they become better writers.  Keep in mind, we are only highlighting a FEW strategies in each section.  There are over 300 strategies in the whole book!

You can find my posts for previous sections below:










Serravallo defines elaboration as "the specific information a writer uses to develop her writing".  She says it can include things such as details, facts, dialogue, descriptions and more.  She says it is the purposeful detail that brings a piece of writing to life and conveys the author's purpose.



When choosing this as a goal for your students to work on, you may want to consider students who:

* write with very few details.

* need help varying details.

* need support in deciding what details should be included.
Focus Strategy 1: Nudge Paper

I love this strategy!  It is for those students who aren't quite sure about making a change.  You have them take out a strip of scratch paper (or Post-It Note) that they can use to try out the change.  They can later decide if they want to keep that change.




Focus Strategy 2: See the World Like a Poet (Metaphor and Simile)

I love this idea for adding more interesting details to writing. Students think of the features they might want to compare, what else has similar features?  

I love to use the mentor text Crazy Like a Fox A Simile Story to help students understand similes.


Focus Strategy 3: Prove It

This strategy asks students to think of their idea, claim, or thesis, and ask themselves, what reasons they have for thinking that way.  What details prove what they want to say? These reasons become extra details to help convince their reader.


If you would like to purchase the book mentioned above, you can find it here.



This post contains affiliate links. I earn a small commission each time someone makes a purchase using one of my links, which helps to support the blog.  All opinions are my own and I only promote brands and products that I have used myself and truly love.  


Make sure to visit Kathleen over at  Courage Doesn't Always Roar. She is our official hostess for this week, and she has some more strategies and great ideas for you!

If you would like to link up your own blog posts about this book, feel free to do so in the linky below!  Don't forget to check out the other bloggers' posts as well as they write them for even more ideas!





Monday, May 8, 2017

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway May 8, 2017





Our weekly giveaways are one of my favorite parts of the week!  How would you like to win a $25 Teachers pay Teachers gift card?




GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

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Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter. Giveaway ends 5/15/17 and is open worldwide.

Are you a Teacher Blogger or Teachers pay Teachers seller who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your store and social media?  Click here to find out how you can join our totally awesome group of bloggers! 


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