Activities for Author In You
Featuring Aimee Buckner
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In Aimee’s book, she gives many strategies to improve writing. The activities listed below follow-up discussion and suggestions mentioned in the interview. There are many more mentioned in her book, Notebook Know-How: Strategies for the Writer’s Notebook (ISBN 1 57110 413 5).
(2LA_D2003-41) prewrite to generate ideas for writing from self-selected topics
(2LA-D2005-46) write a minimum of five sentences related to a topic
(3LA_D2003-44) prewrite to generate ideas for writing from self-selected topics
(4LA_D2003-34) prewrite to generate ideas for writing from self-selected topics
(5LA_D2003-38) prewrite to generate ideas for writing from self-selected topics
“Three by Threes” (p. 46)
This activity will help students when they are stuck for an idea. It will also help them add details. (As suggested in the book, this activity can also be used as a review for topics in social studies or science.)
1.Select a topic. The teacher can do this for the entire group or each student can select their own topic.
2. For three minutes have each student write as many three-word phrases as they can think of to describe that topic.
3. From the list generated, select one phrase to support that topic and begin to the writing.
Activity#2 & #3
(2LA_D2005-41) use examples from literature to create individual and group stories
(2LA_D2003-43) write stories with a setting, characters, and a beginning, middle, and end
(3LA_D2003-46) write paragraphs with topic sentences and details
(4LA_D2003-36) write ideas in story form with attention to sequence, main ideas, and supporting details
(5LA_D2003-40) write ideas in story form with attention to beginnings, sequence, main ideas, supporting details, and closing/clincher sentence
“Grabber Leads” (p. 60)
This activity is designed to make children aware of starting their writing with a good beginning. It emphasizes the importance of the first sentence.
1. As the children are reading stories have them list on a chart the first sentence of stories they consider ones that grab you and make you want to read some more.
2. List these sentences on a class chart.
3. After they have done this activity with published stories, have the children go through their stories. Have them list sentences they find in their stories that are “grabbers.”
(2LA_D2005-43) revise writing to improve fluency, topic, word choice, style, sentence structure and organization
(3LA_D2005-38) revise writing to improve content and personal expression
(4LA_2005-35) revise writing to improve fluency, content, organization and style, to match purposes with audience
(5LA-D2005-39) revise writing to improve fluency, content, organization and style, to match purposes with audience
“Try Ten” (p. 62)
This activity will help with revision.
1. Take one of the grabber sentences on the list.
2. Write it ten different ways.
3. Pick the best sentence written.
(2LA_D2003-48) use available technology to assist in writing
(3LA_D2003-55) use available technology to assist in writing
(4LA_D2003-42) use available technology to assist in writing
(5LA_D2003-46) use available technology to assist in writing
After the children have written their stories:
1. Have the students use the Student Writing Center or another desktop publishing program to publish the final story.
Have the children use Microsoft Word to write and edit their story.