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      Activities: Additional Instruction and Practice

      These activities may be useful for students who require additional instruction and practice with Writing Process.

      Pre-Writing: Story Idea Box

      Try keeping a story idea box in the classroom with general topics for students to respond to: a special day, a problem I solved, my favorite place to visit. Use these ideas for student writing practice. Ask students to write their own topic suggestions for the box.

      You may want to practice writing both general and specific prompts to guide students through what details to include in their stories. For example, you might provide one general idea and three specific tasks: "Write about a special day you had last year. Be sure to talk about (1) what happened to you on the special day, (2) why it was special and (3) who you were with."

      Drafting: Cubing

      This organizational exercise challenges more capable writers to consider fresh perspectives. Like a cube with six sides, the cubing strategy approaches a topic from six different points of view. Ask student writers to consider a topic from six different sides, perhaps from the frame of reference of six different characters. After reflecting on six different points of view, students can determine what perspectives will be reflected in their writing.

      Revising: Change the Voice

      Challenge students to think about the voice and tone in a particular piece of writing. Ask them to revise something they have written to completely change the tone. For example, students who select a piece of writing that is humorous should revise to reflect a very serious tone. Those who revise pieces that are serious might make changes to express sarcasm. Have students share both versions and discuss how word choices changed the voice.

      Editing: Proofreading Aloud

      Schedule time for students to proofread by reading their work aloud. As they read aloud, students should note errors in grammar or usage. Ask them to share the mistakes that they caught and discuss why hearing the work might make it easier to catch errors in their writing conventions.

      Publishing: Venues for Publishing Work

      Encourage your students to investigate the opportunities to be published in their school or community. Ask them to compile a list (to post in the classroom) of all of the possible venues for publication, such as the school literary magazine, the school newspaper, the op-ed section of a local newspaper, letters to editors of national magazines, Web sites etc. When students take advantage of these opportunities, showcase the published writers' pieces in your classroom.

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