Purpose: Exploring Written Language
Strands: Reading and Writing
Possible Contexts Shared, guided, and independent reading time.
Reading and writing conferences.
Working with focus groups.
Topic tasks and discussions.
All curriculum areas. Shared, guided, and independent reading time.
Group and whole class investigations.
All curriculum areas.
Within writing programmes. Instructional, guided, and independent reading.
Writing for a range of purposes and in different contexts.
Focused study of genre: how writers adapt to audience and purpose. A language research project, such as:
Suggested Activities Students encounter a wide range of text types as models.
Teacher uses, and encourages students to use, appropriate terminology to describe and discuss written texts. For example, in reading: "I know he is old by the adjective 'craggy'"; in writing: "I like the use of the five adjectival phrases in your report."
Teacher and students explore and compare language features in a wide range of text types. Students encounter different text types in reading and writing and use them as models for their own writing.
Teacher and students log the variety of written language used in a day.
Tasks are designed to give students experience in using a range of text types. For example, in a study of native plants, students:
Students research derivations and changes in selected English words.
Teacher and students:
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Published on: 25 Feb 2009