Establishing a writing classroom, one in which children want to write, develop confidence in writing and develop the skills to write with accuracy and clarity, begins from the first day of school.
Characteristics of a writing classroom
Nine characteristics of a writing classroom are:
- purposeful writing occurs throughout the day in all areas of the curriculum,
- the process of writing is modelled,
- children’s writing is scaffolded,
- children write in response to set tasks,
- children write about topics and in genres of their own choice,
- the message is paramount,
- writing conventions; such as spelling, punctuation and grammar, are learned by writing,
- children’s writing is celebrated, and
- children enjoy writing.
If children are provided only with writing tasks and topics set by the teacher, they may view writing simply as a task to perform, something to please the teacher, rather than as a vehicle for self-expression or for sharing imaginative and creative thoughts and stories or information.
Opportunities for writing occur throughout the day and should include:
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