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  • Making the writing programme fun! 100 ways... a crowd sourced, co-constructed presentation to share our ideas... This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3.0 License. http://bit. ly/16AtRm8
  • CELEBRATE @annekenn If I read a phrase or words that make me go tingly or I can really FEEL the moment... I... wait for it... dance on my chair! Now that sounds crazy I know, but the kids love it and often talk about who will get me dancing, and it has become a challenge and a game....
  • Wordfoto Take a photo of something and use 10-12 words to describe it. Then overlays the words on to the photo. Can use to describe self, nature, items in classroom. Brainstorms for a topic. @Jackbillie35
  • Use a range of writing inspiration... My absolute favourite is The Literacy Shed I have used it with a range of levels and abilities and the writing produced is astounding.... @redgierob
  • Inspire with props... Make the inspiration as much fun as possible by using a range of props, toys, puppets, experiences... Act out - live the experience prior to writing... @annekenn
  • Digital camera/iPad/iPod Use the digital camera on rotation... Whoever has the camera for the session can use it to photograph their written work at times they choose to show progress and increase in output (if that is a desired outcome) @annekenn
  • Purpose... Ensure learners are very clear of purpose and audience... One of my favourite ways to showcase writing is 100WC - absolutely sensational for showcasing and feedback. A real challenge for loquacious writers to trim to 100word, and a real challenge for those who write a couple of sentences.. there is also five sentence challenge @TheHeadsOffice
  • 10 word stories Making a writing task achievable but still challenging. 10 word stories. @CatrionaPene
  • Use video to inspire. Access quality video online to inspire writing. Youtube clips. Wonderopolis clips. Kiwi Kids News clips. Nat Geo Kids clips. @CatrionaPene
  • Tag team writing Start with a stem sentence on a page for every student. Ring the bell or start the music and they write the next sentence. Fold the page and pass to the next person around the room. They then read the story and add the next sentence. After a few times, tell them the next sentence needs to end the story. Read out some of the stories and get ready for the laughs. @janenicholls
  • Daily Dash Begin the day or block with speed writing to warm up to literacy. Ensure the purpose and audience are identified (by students or teacher. Coach the children through 15 minutes of writing, revising and proofreading. eg. To expand vocabulary - Write a description using PicLits that includes a selection of words/phrases to extend the children. Coach the children to use the words as they write.... The constant verbal coaching is invaluable. Worksheets are dead - apply it to the kids own writing. @MsBeenz
  • Blackout poetry Idea borrowed from Austin Kleons work. - Take a piece of newspaper or better yet a page ripped from an old book. My kids especially love this. - Circle a select few words anywhere on the page to create a poem. - Blackout all other text using a sharpie. - Voil a poem! Share. @ gininppi
  • Pinterest Merely passing on a great idea by @mrwoodnz shared at #educampakl: Shaun has created Pinterest boards for his students to scaffold words from visuals. Read his blog here: nz/2013/08/educampakl-2013.html @phpnz
  • Punctuation Points (an idea from @DeputyMitchell, shared by @judykmck Fullstop = 2 points Comma = 1 point Inverted commas = 3 points Question mark = 5 points Exclamation mark = 5 points Colon = 3 points Semi-colon = 3 points Ellipses = 5 points Hyphen = 5 points and Brackets = 3 points
  • Explanations... for explanations I got some old cameras from recycling centre and kids pulled apart and wrote explanations. LOTS of discussion... @AnnaGarthwaite
  • Shadow Puppets/ Myths Use cardboard shadow puppets at the planning and publishing stage. Photograph and use comic life for planning... I-Movie or a presentation tool such as voicethread to publish tales. @MsBeenz
  • Drama Drama is an amazing way of helping students to plan their writing, develop rich vocabulary, and develop meaningful characters. There are various techniques e.g. freeze frame, soundscapes, conscience alley etc. & Dorothy Heathcotes Mantle of the Expert. For background reading try: Oops! Helping children learn accidentally by Hywell Roberts. Read the web page for an explanation of some drama techniques. @emmerw
  • Use Chrome Extension- Webpage Screenshot to re-write whole news stories @allanahk
  • Proof reading with Counters This is a very simple and easy way to make proof reading more hands on and focused. Each child needs a small pile of see through counters. I use them by asking the children for example - put your counters on all the full stops / on the speech marks / adjectives.... It is then very obvious what skill has or hasn't been used with each child. @nickitempero
  • Using Video to Teach Speech Watch a short, known, clip with only 2 - 3 lines of speech. Students add action and detail around the speech to share the complete story. Example 1 Example 2 - @helenknz
  • Sharing Different Experiences/Perspectives Rugby World Cup - Students take on the role of different characters from one story and tell events from their perspective. - We put the stories all together on a Google Site @helenkz
  • Keyword Paragraphs Read a paragraph of text to the students and have them write down the keywords they hear. Note down the class/group list of words and discuss unknown words. Have the students recraft the paragraph using the keywords. (they get better the more they do it - first time is often rubbish) @helenknz
  • @fionnawright guide-for-teachers-and-students/ Storybird provides online templates and artwork. Students can create the storybooks.
  • Schoolhouse Rock: Grammar Adjectives video Noun Video Verbs Video Conjunctions @nickitempero
  • PredictionBarking Fish Our work on the barking fish @nickitempero
  • My Bright Idea I found a notebook at the Warehouse that is full of My Bright Idea starters e.g. My bright idea for a flashmob,My awesome idea for a rock band... My kids love it and use them all the time for writing inspiration. @Jackbillie35
  • Demonstrate your learning in class, describe a person / book character / event, insert photos and videos and print off or embed into your blog. @BeLchick1
  • Data Projector Writing One student does their writing on my teacher laptop projected onto the whiteboard then we buddy (class) conference it at the end. We can write corrections over their writing directly on the whiteboard. They love having a direct audience watching them write and are really supportive at conferencing time. @Jackbillie35
  • If... Great book to inspire writing... Includes things like If cats had wings... @Jackbillie35
  • Love this website and this is just one of a number of examples that I have used. Have fun @JoEarl2
  • Some useful sites Pick a number write to the prompt http://www.scholastic. com/teachers/story-starters/ http://www.enchantedlearning. com/essay/
  • Pinterest story prompts Pinterest has lots of great images for provoking student writing http://pinterest. com/traintheteacher/writing-prompts/
  • One Word 60 seconds to write about one word Dont think....just write... @zoopita
  • for Mindmapping My most favourite tool in all sorts of writing contexts: Structure a story, extend vocabu