Teaching children how to write letters can be a fun experience.
Even though traditional letter writing has taken a backseat to other popular forms of electronic correspondence, such as emails and texts, it's still an important skill children need to practice.
Drafting is an iterative process that involves drafting and redrafting text again and again, and through this process students’ writing improves, becoming stronger, clearer, and better organized.
To be college and career ready, students must be effective writers — that is, writers who are able to clearly communicate their ideas for a specific purpose.
Make sure the rubric includes the criteria students will be assessed on, and model how to use the rubric. Bradford’s fifth-grade students are creating a digital report about key women in the American Revolution, and during this class they will practice drafting openings or lead sentences to use in their report. Bradford recognizes that the reading and writing skills of his 25 students are quite varied, so he plans to offer differentiated support.
The students will participate in a variety of prewriting activities to prepare for drafting, including reading books, gathering information, taking notes, and watching videos. Bradford has posted online, to help them write their first draft. Bradford’s specific lesson objective is to have his students draft possible leads to use in a report on women in the American Revolution.
I really like using children's literature to teach concepts, and there are many wonderful children's books that show letter writing in action.
Check out your local library for some of these treasures.
Find out how to help your students improve their writing through activities and tools that support the drafting stage.
Show your students how to use technology tools to create, revise, and store their drafts in a digital writing portfolio.