Getting the Power out of Guided Writing
Guided writing is an important part of successful guided reading lessons. Having students write about a story they have read, increases comprehension and gives teachers the opportunity to teach appropriate writing skills. Before guided writing, collect a short writing sample from each student in the group. Use the Target Skills for Transitional Writers on pages 208-209 of Next Step Forward in Guided Reading, to analyze each student’s writing and select a focus for instruction. Select one target skill for each student and write it on a sticky note. Place the sticky note in the guided writing journals so you and the students have a specific writing goal for the lesson. It is quite possible that each of the students in your group will have a different writing skill focus. Often teachers try to “fix” everything during guided writing. By focusing on one targeted skill, teachers can narrow their focus and students can work towards autonomy in one area. Once that targeted skill focus is solidified, students are ready to move to the next targeted writing skill. You will be amazed how your laser tight writing focus will transfer to their independent writing.
By Karen Cangemi, Reading Specialist, Pinellas County School District, FL, firstname.lastname@example.org
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