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I use Kidspiration, a writing program on the computer! Kids love it because it starts with a web concept, and they can pick pictures for their ideas. I then have them put words with the pictures, and then you switch to another option on the screen that puts their words into lined blocks and then we work on complete sentences.
The pictures are motivating and help them come up with one common idea.

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GreatGrin 12-16-2007 07:08 PM

I use Kidspiration, a writing program on the computer! Kids love it because it starts with a web concept, and they can pick pictures for their ideas. I then have them put words with the pictures, and then you switch to another option on the screen that puts their words into lined blocks and then we work on complete sentences.
The pictures are motivating and help them come up with one common idea.

teabreak 12-14-2007 04:36 AM

The RAFTS technique? (Role, Audience, Format, Topic, Strong Verb) I use this with middle level kids that are resource and AR and it works wonders. I have used picture books and novels to springboard off of. We have also looked at newspapers and even other school subjects. In one of my classes we are writing a class essay about the Holocaust but doing it in journal style. The kids are loving the role playing. Perhaps that could help you.

Danyelle 12-13-2007 02:40 PM

Here are a few resources that I've found really helpful: The Write Tools by Alice Greiner and The Four Square Writing Method (1-3)
by Judith Gould & Evan Gould. These methods break writing down and teach it very systematically. Each has something built into encourage the children to go back and expand and add more details.

lao617 12-11-2007 05:40 PM

Thanks for the great ideas!

Thing 1 12-07-2007 09:18 PM

to mention that I am a resource room teacher to for grades K - 4.

Thing 1 12-07-2007 09:16 PM

famous people or characters like Hannah Montana or sports figures. Set up with another class a mystery writing program. Your students are assigned another students name (lower grades like 1st or 2nd) and they write letters, short stories, postcards (start small to capture their interest). Students can make and write cards for their birthdays etc. If your students have handwriting issues or if you want to switch it up, have them work on the computer and type their letters with fun fonts and colors (type first, design second). The whole mystery thing should really peak their interest. At a later date, you might reveal to the younger students who their writer is. Make it a mystery party with ice cream or some easy treat.

jscp0708 12-07-2007 07:46 AM

Turn it into a penpal program with another room. Have them right like a newspaper about your school and send to another school and have the another school do the same thing.

lao617 12-06-2007 06:39 AM

I teach 4h grade resource room and its my first year. The kids hate writing, I can't seem to get more than a paragraph out of them (even thats like pulling teeth). I understand why they hate writing for its very hard for them. I just get very worried because of the NJ ASK.

Does anyone know of any good resources to help make writing fun for them? Or where I can find good rubrics to use for special education.

Thanks!




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