Saturday, November 19, 2011

Teaching Writing

    new school clipart image: pencil writing on a piece of paper to complete a homework assignmentWriting can be a difficult craft to teach, can't it? I have quite a few advanced writers in my class which allows me the chance to work in small groups with my more struggling writers. Well, the main reason I was prompted to write this post was because as I was searching YouTube for some writing ideas, I came across a video which demonstrates a technique called Four Square writing. I am so excited to try this with my own class next week. What it essentially is is a 4 squares grouped together with a rectangle in the middle. In the rectangle (number one) you write the topic. The 4 other squares are supporting reasons for the topic. Students can write in these squares (square 5 is the feelings square, so they write about their feelings on the topic there), and add more details if you teach them editing skills. When they are finished, they write these sentences together as a paragraph. This is so simple and so brilliant, and I am so excited. It's really not much different than the thinking maps I use, but I think the format just looks cleaner, and the numbering of the squares organizes the paragraph much easier.
  If any of you use the Four Square method for writing, I would love to hear about it. To view the video, click here.

3 comments:

  1. I have never heard of four square writing method, but I am definitely going to check out the video. This is definitely my downfall as a teacher and I am still searching for something that works for me. Best of luck!
    First Grade Delight
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  2. I'm passing the Liebster Award on to you! Merry Christmas! I found your blog this summer and enjoy checking in. I don't use the 4 square method- my school has Write from the Beginning. But I want to watch this video. I'm always looking for ways to tweak my teaching.
     Chrissy

    First Grade Found Me

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  3. I'm a new follower - looking forward to looking around and sharing ideas! :)

    Holly
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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