Tip: Freewriting Journal
How do I do it?
Once or every day of the week direct students to free write in a dedicated journal. Students are to write whatever comes to their mind without concern for spelling, form, or grammar. Encourage them to write anything that they are thinking, doing, or seeing. After a few minutes they can circle a favorite word or phrase and continue writing about. During this time the teacher should model the same writing behavior in sight of the students. If the teacher is comfortable, they can have their writing projected on the LCD screen or an overhead projector for students to see. Start with 2 minutes of uninterrupted writing for a few days and then begin adding a minute each week. Freewriting gives all students the opportunity to generate and modify ideas and is especially important for language learners who are constrained by concerns about writing correctly who can develop fluency with practice freewriting.
Variations & Extensions
Provide language learners with a picture dictionary, word lists, and remind them of the classroom word wall as tools for them to generate ideas and vocabulary for writing.
Common Core ELA Writing Standard 10
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
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