I model writing using slideshows that link to activities and websites. It is a tutorial and a resource that students can access from the wikipage.

Writing Genre Slideshows

Working with Projectors and IWBs

The previous writing genre slideshows can be used as PowerPoints or Keynotes with a projector. Use your whiteboard markers to model the writing, make notes on the pages etc.

This example shows the page in PowerPoint and a new page where the teaching/modelling is happening.

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These PowerPoints can also be imported into IWB software

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Teaching Keyboarding skills alongside modelling writing

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When you are modeling writing have some old keyboards available for children to use. So when you are talking about using capital letters or full stops in writing you can at the same time say

  • How do we make a full stop on the keyboard?

  • What finger do we use?

  • How do we make a capital letter?

Use that teachable moment to incorporate some keyboarding skills! Don't assume that all children know how to do it!

Editing Writing, Telescopic Text and Magnetic Writing

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Teachers want to know ways to engage students in editing their own writing. If you have a projector, whiteboard (or even better an IWB) try this.

Start off with Joe Davis's site http://www.telescopictext.com/

I ask students to describe what the tea could taste like, write some answers above the text, then click on the word 'tea'. New text will be inserted into the sentence.

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We carry on in this mode predicting, describing and analysing the new edited text until we can go no further.

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You can now create your own telescopic text

The next day we can look at this website which is based on Joe Davis's site http://basseq.com/fun/telescopictext/

Now we can add our own words by replacing the text that is already there by highlighting the word to be changed, click on Replace, type new word and then click on Submit changes.

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The third day can then be spent looking at Tripticos Word Magnet site.

Type in a sentence. When you type in the full stop make sure there is a space between it and the last word.

Click Next.

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Click on Done and the next page will appear with your text broken up into text boxes. Click and drag them up to make a sentence.

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Now start adding new words by typing in the 'Add new magnet box', once you have clicked the + symbol, click on a colour to change the colour of your text box. Drag it into the correct place. Use the colour coding to identify adjectives, conjunctions etc.

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This is a great way to get students interested in editing their work and to see how a sentence can come alive. These are the type of activities that I like to use with children as part of my modelling and teaching.

This will work well with just a projector and computer, but the Interactive Whiteboard would allow students to take over the manipulation of text and objects.