Author in You - Deborah Wiles Classroom Activities

AKS & Activities for Author In You
Deborah Wiles

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(3LA_D2005-36) (4LA_D2005-31) (5LA_D2005-35) prewrite to generate ideas for self-selected writing
(3LA_D2005-37) draft writing to capture ideas and develop fluency
(3LA_D2005-38) revise writing to improve content (i.e., descriptive words, strong verbs), organization (i.e., sequence) and personal expression
(4LA_D2005-35) (5LA_D2005-39) revise writing to improve fluency, content (descriptive words, strong verbs), organization and style, to match purposes with audience
(3LA_D2005-40) develop a clear topic with an organizational plan that matches purpose, genre, expectations, audience and length
(3LA_D2005-41) write paragraphs with topic sentences and details
(3LA_D2005-43) (4LA_D2005-33) write ideas in story form with attention to sequence, main ideas and supporting details
(3LA_D2005-47) incorporate story elements, including setting, characters and problem and solution (plot) in writing
(3LA_D2005-48) write, combine and vary simple and compound sentences to match purposes with audience
(4LA_D2005-2) write compositions of three or more paragraphs, including a clear topic with examples, details, transitions within and between paragraphs, and closing/clincher sentence
(5LA_D2005-36) write ideas in story form with attention to beginning, sequence, main ideas, supporting details, characters, point of view, conflict and closing/clincher sentence (4LA_D2005-38) use creative, unusual or novel use of language in writing
(5LA_D2005-38) use transitions between ideas and paragraphs
(5LA_D2005-40) expand or reduce sentences by adding or deleting modifiers, phrases or combining sentences
(3LA_D2005-39) edit for spelling, fragments and run-on sentences
(4LA_D2005-36) (5LA_D2005-41) edit for punctuation, spelling, fragments and run-on sentences

During Deborah’s interview she told us “The Deborah Wiles Guidelines to Writing Well.” They are:
1. Keep a notebook.
2. Go to your writing place and make yourself work.*
3. Revise. Revise. Revise
Incorporate these guidelines into your writing program.

When you have the children begin to write, use her other suggestions for writing which are:
1. Write what you know and remember.
2. Write what you feel.
3. Write what you can imagine.