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Writing Buddies

Today the year 6’s had a Mega Writer’s Workshop focussing on using Writing Buddies to improve their writing. The Learning Gallery was buzzing and it was amazing to see how focussed the students were on helping each other, well done year 6’s! 🙂 

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The students generated the following guidelines for Author and Writing Buddy:

* tell your buddy what you would like to improve on
* attentive listening
* record feedback given
* use feedback to improve writing
Writing Buddy
* attentive listening 
   – show with body language
* give constructive feedback:
   – start with positive
   – what can they improve on? Make it clear and detailed (can use 6 + 1 traits to help)

   – end with a positive

All of the students took on the role of Author and Writing Buddy. They gave and received constructive feedback about their writing and then used the feedback to improve their pieces.

Why is it important to receive feedback from others about our writing?

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Ideas writing trait

Today we read Grandpa’s teeth by Rod Clement. We used it to focus on the trait of Ideas
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While reading it aloud, we discussed how Clement has taken a simple plot about a stolen item and used intriguing details to create a wacky mystery. We used the story as inspiration for students to write their own goofy mystery, using creative idea development details to describe characters and objects in their story.   

The students used prompts for who gets robbed, what gets stolen and who is the suspect?

Click on this link to generate ideas for writing your own mystery – Interactive choices for writing 

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Battle Bunny

Today we read a fantastic book called ‘Battle Bunny’ by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett. It is a fun example of how we can revise our writing. We all enjoyed the story and the students were inspired to revise their own writing and change their short stories by replacing, adding and removing text. When I asked the students to turn and buddy share their work the buzz in the room was fantastic.


6K,  what did you think of this book?

What did you find out during the Writer’s Workshop?

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Remembrance Day Poetry

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How did you feel listening to the poem?

What words are used in the poem to convey feeling and emotion?

What images does the poem evoke?

Does the poem rhyme or not? Did you notice any patterns in the poem? E.g. verses or line structure.

Write your own short poem about Remembrance Day. 

If you need more inspiration you might like to read ‘For the fallen’ by Laurence Binyon – click on picture below to read the full poem.