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Structured Writing Using “Inspiration” and Word Processing Structured WritingApproach to Basic Paragraph Development
Rationale for Structured WritingStudents Exhibit: • Difficulty Writing in Paragraph Form • Difficulty Understanding Writing Process • Difficulty Beginning a Writing Project • Difficulty Organizing Information
Use of Structured Writing and Technology Results in Students that: • Understand the Stages of Writing Process • Know Where to Begin Writing • Understand What is Expected • Have More Self-Esteem • Write More and Enjoy Writing
Structured WritingStages of Development • Pre-Writing - Outlining- Organizing • Organizing - Writing - Drafting • Editing - • Formatting - • Publishing -
Pre-Writing & Planning Stage • Option 1 Teacher-Made Inspiration Template • Use Teacher-Made Inspiration Diagram- Color Coded Paragraph Components • Brainstorm Concepts • Place Concepts into Diagram • Convert Diagram to Outline
Inspiration Template Diagram View
Title Topic Sentence Topic Support Statement 1 Support Detail Statement 1 Support Detail Statement 2 Topic Support Statement 2 Support Detail Statement 1 Support Detail Statement 2 Topic Support Statement 3 Support Detail Statement 1 Support Detail Statement 2 Concluding Statement Inspiration Outline View
Students Select Box, Delete Text, and Write One-Word or Short Phrase Pre-Writing Brainstorming
Organizing Stage My Vacation My family went to the Grand Canyon. Camping Bears Fun We Drove. Games Accident Beautiful Large River Adventure Inspiration- Outline View Student create a basic writing outline. The concepts can be clicked/dragged in outline view to reorganize outline structure.
Pre-Writing & Planning Stage • Option 2 Student-Made Writing Outline • Open Inspiration. Type “Title or Subject” in Main Idea Bubble • Click “Rapid Fire” on Toolbar • Brainstorm Ideas and Concepts • Creates Diagram and Outline • Color Code Topics/Subtopics
Organizing Stage Students Color Code and Organize Concepts My Vacation Grand Canyon Bears Fun Drove Accident beautiful large river adventure Camping My Vacation Grand Canyon Beautiful large river Drove Accident No injuries Camping Bears Fun adventure Original Outline After Brainstorming Organized Outline After Concepts are Dragged and Color Coded to Form Writing Template
Drafting and Writing Stage • Option 1 Word Processing Template • Use Teacher-Made Word Processing Writing Template • WP Template Matches Inspiration Outline Structure and Color Coding • Use Printed Outline as Guide • Covert Ideas to Sentences
The Word Processing Template Matches Inspiration Outline Template In Form and Color Coding My Vacation My family went to Grand Canyon. Camping Bears Fun We Drove. Games Accident Beautiful Large River Adventure Word Processing Writing Template Title Topic Sentence Topic Support Statement 1 Support Detail Statement 1 Support Detail Statement 2 Topic Support Statement 2 Support Detail Statement 1 Support Detail Statement 2 Topic Support Statement 3 Support Detail Statement 1 Support Detail Statement 2 Concluding Statement Organized Inspiration Outline Students Use Printed Copy as Writing Guide
Option 1 Word Processor Template Title Our Vacation Topic Sentence My Family went to the Grand Canyon this summer. Topic Support Statement 1 we went camping in the forest. Support Detail Statement 1The bears ate our food. Support Detail Statement 2 We had lots of fun. Topic Support Statement 2 Support Detail Statement 1 Support Detail Statement 2 Topic Support Statement 3 Support Detail Statement 1 Support Detail Statement 2 Concluding Statement Students Place Cursor After Guide Words and Write Sentences into Word Processing Template, Using The Printed Inspiration as a Guide.
Drafting and Writing Stage • Option 2 Student-Created Inspiration Document • Use Student-Created Inspiration Outline • Select Outline Writing Area • Click “Add Notes” on Toolbar • Write Supporting Statements Under Topics and Subtopics
My Vacation My Family went to the Grand Canyon. Beautiful The Grand Canyon is a beatiful place. Large It is very large. It was made a long time ago. River A river flows through the Grand Canyon. The river made the huge canyon. We Drove games Accident Camping Bears Fun Concluding Statement My Vacation My Family went to the Grand Canyon. Beautiful Large River We Drove games Accident Camping Bears Fun Concluding Statement Students Use Inspiration Outline. Select Area, Click “Add Notes” and Write Statements in Notes Areas
Editing Stage • Organize Students into Collaborative Groups or Partners • Use Teacher-Made Edit Sheets • Use Lessons on Grammar, Punctuation, etc. • Use Reference Materials (options)
Editing Stage • Students Edit Other Students’ Work • Grades Are Given For Effective Editing
Formatting Stage • Delete Color-Coding and Template Guide Words • Adjust Document Spacing • Conform to Pre-Determined Class Requirements
Publishing Stage • Many Options Exist • Student Photos on Inspiration Outline • Inspiration Graphics for Inspiration Outline • Presentations-Hyperstudio, PowerPoint • Brochures, Pamphlets, Letters, etc.