I also found that writing about non-fiction topics was something they preferred.
So I started there and build a paragraph journal for my students.
In particular, she suggests that scaffolding before, during, and at the end of the writing process will take on different characteristics and structures.
Below is a brief summary of the scaffolding she suggests for each of these stages, followed by a diagram that she uses for an even more concise summary of what she calls the "scaffolding process" in writing instruction.
A colourful picture that most children will identify with - the task, to write a description of the flavours, textures and feelings created when visiting a fun fair.
This is aimed at supporting writing at mid to upper KS2 and is to be used as a scaffold for children to add their own adjectives, verbs and adverbs to.Sure, prior to this, they were giving me information about a topic, but writing a paragraph is a whole new beast. I decided the best way to teach this to my students is to use a cut and paste format so they could learn the format while composing a piece of writing. Fill in the blank Believe it or not, often times my students will take it upon themselves to graduate to the next level of paragraph writing and start writing their details into the blanks in their cut and paste journals, but occasionally I find a resistant student, so I will use a paragraph frame in their journal.Using a frame gets my students to start becoming responsible for their writing. Once we’re fluently filling in the blanks in a paragraph, it’s time to take off those training wheels and get our students writing.Standardized writing tests focus more on content than mechanics, but writing instruction typically focuses more on mechanics than content.With plot scaffolds, you can fix the balance and help foster creativity and originality in your students' writing.In this practical guide for elementary and middle school teachers, you'll find Appendixes contain a wealth of supplementary material, including learning objectives, evaluation rubrics, and 12 reproducible plot scaffolds that you can use right away or adapt to meet your students' needs. A glossary highlights important terms used throughout the book. This allows my students to hear their words and the formatting of the paragraph out loud.I find this helps them as they move throughout the scaffolds I provide for paragraph writing in the classroom. Cut and paste When it came to writing paragraphs, I realized, I’m teaching students an entirely new format of writing.I love using an organizer before writing so students can start planning what they want to write about.Planning out our topic, details, and conclusion is the focus of our paragraph planning and jotting those details into a graphic organizer before getting started helps students organize their thoughts.