Recently on one of the yahoo groups I belong to someone posted the best idea for writing. It was from the program – Write from the Beginning. I do not know how the program is structured but what I gleaned from the post on yahoo – this is what I have adapted for my classroom.
The writing process begins with a topic and the class brainstorms what they already know about this topic. This is captured in a bubble map (I did not get a photo of this). Next that information is transferred to a t-graph. These are thinking maps.
We use the t-graph to form a sentence for handwriting practice. I love this for several key reasons:
1. The word choices are directly related to our current topics of study.
2. Most of the sentences are just three words – simple, clear and easy to write.
3. We work from one t-graph a week. This gives students an opportunity to see how one topic can be written about in many ways:
And when they are practicing handwriting, I want them completely focused on the formation process. I feel both processes are in the early stages of development and each need to be tended to with special care.