Saturday, September 7, 2013

Common Core Journal of the Week Prompts Power Point-Encouraging Student Writers

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Student writers begin each school year at varying levels and with differing enthusiasm for writing. With the incorporation of common core standards, students now have even greater responsibilities as reflective and responsive writers of text. Last school year, my team and I worked to incorporate a reading/writing intervention/enrichment time into our daily schedule twice a week in order to enhance student reading and writing.  We knew that taking some additional time to focus on our student readers and writers would greatly benefit them in the long run.  

I HEART motivated writers!
As I provided different writing topics, projects, and assignments for my students, I realized just how little many of them wanted to write.  Upon giving instruction, modeling, and getting students ready to begin their work, I was confronted with the same question, "How long does this need to be?"  I HATE that question!!!  I realized that I needed to do my part to inspire my students a bit...So I generated 40 different journal prompts that I believed would motivate my student writers.  Here is a sample entry from the power point.

My purpose for creating this teaching tool was to provide my students with high-interest prompts that encourage enthusiasm for writing, so I would no longer be attacked with the above question.  I utilized the BING, BANG, BONGO strategy to develop my students' paragraph/essay writing and we began tackling journal entries with thoughtfulness, detail, and organization. 

If you are looking for a tool that gets students motivated to write, incorporates common core standards for grades 3-8, and offers rubrics for teacher/self-evaluation, check out this resource in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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