Our students in grades seven and eight are participating in #NaNoWriMo again this year. Each students sets their own goals and we continue to follow the Common Core State Standards aligned curriculum by Young Writers NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. I wrote about it last week, and this was our first week.
We actually have only twelve days of classroom time to allot for this
due to trainings, conferences, and Thanksgiving. However the students
are writing about what they know: their hobbies and interests. They took
that lesson to heart: writers write about what they know [or research].
So students are writing about friendships made and lost, sports goals
and goofs, and characters new and ancient.
Students draft their writing in Google Docs. Our Teacher Dashboard by Hapara allows
me to quickly see new additions, view, and click to add comments to
encourage their continued efforts. I point out the positives to
encourage their continued use of those strategies such as dialogue and
description to help set the mood and tone for their action.
Students share their novels with each other to also add comments and
encourage each other. Students or teacher and student can carry on a
feedback conversation through the comments and when completed, just
click “Resolve.” The collaborative aspect of Google Apps for
Education encourages writing by students through this process; it’s
personalized learning at its best.
When not writing for NaNoWriMo, the apps allow for students to choose
the app that best fits their audience and purpose: a blog? a Google site? a document? a slideshow? a survey [forms]? a spreadsheet with charts for data? a HangOut with experts? To meet the Common Core State Standards, collaboration and multi-media information are key. I’m so thankful our school district adopted this for our students.
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