As RB. Plus making sure they read a wide range of books in their independent reading; constantly making suggestions especially in guided reading. For example. pointing out how an author had done something and getting them to think about how they could do a similar thing. Quickwrite activities - for example i display a picture or story opener during registration and get them to write a paragraph in their writer's notebooks.
Also emphasizing that figurative language is not just for poetry!!
I find it really hard to move level 4 writers to 5. Mainly becuase I have all but 2 of them in my class and the rest are 3a/4c.
I think level 5 writers just have that natural ability to write. They are usually your good readers and excellent talkers.
They just seem to have a natural flair at writing.
Everything PP have said I am doing to try and make my low level 4's better writers.
Night Garden wrote:I think level 5 writers just have that natural ability to write. They are usually your good readers and excellent talkers. They just seem to have a natural flair at writing.
I do sometimes think this- Level 5 writing is SO hard to teach- and I do think there is a element of natural flair involved. Also, those children who sit down and talk at home, tend to have the vocab at there fingers tips- this is possible to work on/teach in school, but very difficult to embed if not done at home. Also agree a massive element is how much they read, or are read to at home, again you can work on this in school, but those without home support again miss out.
Having said that I continue to keep trying every strategy under the sun to get some of them up to level 5!
Renamed to rustynotsogoldenlady- hopefully temporarily!
To be honest what I would consider a level 5 is a lot higher than what they would get in SATs. I wait intrigued as I am sure there will be more Level 5's than I would give in my class and overall in the year group.