Video 7: Teaching the Writing Craft
Watch the 30-minute video "Teaching the Writing Craft." If you prefer to watch the video in segments, you can stop at the times suggested below or use the Video Guide (PDF) a detailed outline of the video to help you determine places to stop for discussion.
Answer the questions that follow each segment, jotting down your answers in your notebook or using them as discussion starters.
Exploring Genres With Whole-Class Lessons
In the first segment, Mark Hansen and Latosha Rowley use whole-class lessons to begin immersing their third-graders in new genres. Mark relies on an inquiry approach to help his students analyze the elements of persuasive letters, while Latosha provides a framework her students can use to categorize the poems they read and write.
- What are the advantages of presenting a sample piece of student writing on the overhead, as Mark does? What other ways could you and your students share and analyze writing samples?
- What evidence do you see that Latosha's students have absorbed her lesson about "feeling" and "seeing" poems? How do you think the lesson will help them read and write poetry in the future?
- What strategies do you use to encourage all students to participate in whole-group discussions?
Learning About Leads Through Whole-Class Instruction
In the final segment, fifth-grade teacher Lindsay Dibert uses whole-class instruction to help her students write new leads for their personal narratives.
- Summarize the sequence of activities you observe in Lindsay's lesson on leads.
- According to Jack Wilde, whole-class instruction allows students to learn from one another's responses. How does Lindsay organize her lesson to maximize this experience?
- Think about your own writing instruction. During a typical class period, how many different activities are your students engaged in?