Monthly Vocabulary Words
My ELA groups are leveled by ability. This works well for me during writing time, as the students who are more capable tend to want to write more and those who can't, don't feel self conscious about their abilities.
Once a student has finished their writing, they must read it back to me and then share it with the group. Together we look for positives such as "I like how you began your sentence with a capital letter", or "You wrote neatly on the lines and used good spacing between your words". Then we look for something that could be improved. Perhaps they used a capital letter in the middle of a word, or forgot their ending punctuation.
Lastly, they get to illustrate their writing. I try to impress upon them that just as it is important to pay close attention to their writing, it is equally important when it comes to illustrations. Their illustrations need to match their words and should include details.
This student is a second language learner, her corrections were fixing a capital B in black and changing like to have. This week I told them they couldn't use like in their sentence.
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