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Old 04-05-2010, 07:45 AM
 
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I am working with a group of teachers to design a writing menu. We collectively feel that a writing workshop needs to happen in addition to Daily 5, but kids can continue the piece they are working on during Work-on-Writing and teachers can teach mini lessons on the writing strategies.

The idea is to use a writing menu like the CAFE menu, but make it specific to writing strategies. I am starting with a 6 trait frame and hope to match the expected (state standards) skills to the menu choices. Each grade level can then build on the skills introduced in the previous grade. Has anyone done this? I would appreciate feedback on the idea


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What a great idea
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I'm sorry I don't have anything already made to share with you, but I think a writing menu is an excellent idea. I do a writing workshop separate from D5 as well.

I teach 1st grade and I use the Beginning Writer's Continuum as a sort of menu/rubric for each child. I keep a copy in each child's section of my pensive and use it when doing writing conferencing. Maybe the targets from that could help you get started?

http://educationnorthwest.org/webfm_send/145

I really like the idea of making it like the Cafe menu though! I may have to think of something like this as well!
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What a great idea!
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What a great idea! I hadn't thought of a writing menu like CAFE before. That makes sense. The kids really do well when they know what their goals in reading are; why not writing too!
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LinzRae, thank you for sharing those rubrics. I'm going to show them to my team partners today. We have been looking for something like that.
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Six Traits Writing Menu!
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I have been consulting with a school in New York State and we have been creating writing menus to go along with their Cafe reading menus. Here is an example of one that we developed for a primary writing unit on opinion writing. Please feel free to e-mail me privately if you would like more information on the process we used.


Ideas
I can choose an opinon that I care about.
I can give reasons for the opinion.
I can use a graphic organizer to plan my ideas.

Organization
I can start by stating my opinion.
I can give reasons in the middle.
I can close with an I statement.

Word Choice
I can use transition words (“traffic light words”).
I can use some WOW words.
I can revise by inserting or trading words.

Sentence Fluency
I can connect short choppy sentences.
I can express strong feelings using an exclamation.
I can use some long and some short sentences.
I can start my sentences in different ways.

Voice
I can make my writing sound like talking.
I can try to persuade my reader.
I can put feelings into the writing.

Conventions
I can use capitals for names and the beginning of sentences.
I can write complete sentences with correct end punctuation.
I can spell sight words correctly.
I can use all the sounds to write other words.


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My menu based on 6 traits
Old 04-06-2010, 03:02 AM
 
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This is what I use for second grade. Its 2 pages so I'll have to post as 2 separate attachments.
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File Type: pdf 6 traits menu pro 1.pdf (472.2 KB, 2025 views)
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2nd page of menu
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Here are the other three traits
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Here's my menu...
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Honestly, I think what's on here already is better.

I just made this so I could have four options ~ to match the four quarters, and use like I do with the CAFE menu.

Sometimes I can get too hung up on details like this!

This works terrifically for my kids, 4th grade ~ the writing challenge increases, the work is meaningful, everything gets covered, and a neat acronym as well. I just love it!

Good luck!

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I really like the idea of a menu as well, and love the 6-traits one that someone posted. However, I really feel that it's important to separate "writing workshop", and responding to reading. During my CAFE times, I require the kids' writing to be in response to their reading. It can be a summary, response, prediction, reaction, or anything else about what they've read. I think it's important to make sure that the kids can do this, while still offering them the "choice" of how to respond to their reading. I really like the way that Aimee Buckner puts it in her books-- the students need to learn to "READ LIKE A WRITER, AND WRITE LIKE A READER".
In the beginning of the year, the kids were allowed to write about whatever they wanted during WOW, but all they did was write stories, and mainly draw pictures. They opted not to respond to thier reading because writing a story or drawing a picture was EASIER. So we had to change our requirements. We only have a 90 minute reading block, which doesn't give enough time to incorporate writer's workshop as well. Do you think I'm wrong in going about it this way?
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V.O.I.C.E.S. Board for Writing...
Old 04-07-2010, 03:27 PM
 
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I went to a 6 +1 traits workshop in December and came back motivated to create a CAFE type board for writing. I wanted it to go with the 6 traits. We talked at our conference that voice was very hard for students to understand and the best way for students to understand it would be to have them use the other traits . If they improve their word choice it strengthens their voice etc.
I changed the actual name of each of the traits to fit the word V.O.I.C.E.S. Varied Sentences, Organization, Ideas, Conventions, Expanded Vocabulary (Word Choice) and Show it Off
(Presentation +1). We have strategy mini lessons and use cards just like the CAFE board. My students love it. They have already started using the vocabulary and the strategies. It was easy to start because they were already comfortable withe the CAFE board. Now when I conference with them they can make goals and we can review strategies. It's amazing! I'm sure the sisters do something like this for writing too, but I hadn't been able to find anything. I agree that the independence and ownership is the best part!


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Would you be able to post the lessons or any information that you can about your writing? I like the way that you have it set up very much. Thank you.

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Thanks - I really just use the 6 +1 Traits lessons. Just like Cafe I use them as the kids need them. I only just started in December so I haven't done it for long. I will look what I have at school and post tomorrow. I plan to work on it more this summer, but I would love to see what everyone else can add to it.
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Old 04-07-2010, 04:19 PM
 
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Here is what I started to fill in on my VOICES Chart. We of course have put it in kid speak. I am also adding the headers I used on my board. Hope it helps...
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Here's the other document...
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Thanks for sharing... I really like the way you have set this up.
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Hi Jessram! I really like your kid friendly chart for writing. I can't wait to use it. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 04-08-2010, 06:50 PM
 
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Wow!!! I'm just researching the Daily 5 and Cafe and have been trying to think of how to incorporate writing. I LOVE your ideas. Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks!
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Thanks to all PP's for sharing! I've been trying to wrap my head around this type of idea and now I can begin!
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I appreciate your work!
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:48 PM
 
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Someone from my district came up with this. It follows our writing rubric that is state-driven (to get our 2nd graders ready for the 3rd grade state rubric).

Maybe it will help you out, some!
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Here is one for 3rd grade
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Can you post your CAFE reading menus?
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Voices Board
Old 07-14-2010, 02:48 PM
 
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I want to simply thank you for posting your Voices board for writing. I used the 6 Traits of writing last year and liked it a lot. I really want to use the Voices strategy board this coming year. Once again, thank you very much for sharing your wonderful work.
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I hope it works for you. I am excited to use it all year this year. CAFE worked so well that I am anxious to see if it carries through. The kids loved having ownership in the cards and the board. That ownership is what I hope makes it useful for writing too. Good luck!

Let me know how it goes, or if you have any ideas as you go through the year.
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Thanks so much for everyone's ideas. I'm going to be starting a VOICES board but have been a little lost for where to begin. This was just what I needed!
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Paolo,
I am wondering if you have made other menus like this (on the other writing types - narrative, etc.) that you'd be willing to share, particularly for 5th grade and K?
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I love the writing boards. Thank you for sharing. Love it.
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