Putting it in Writing
6th Grade Oral Language Resources
Students will:• Learn about the concept of writing.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about the basic elements of writing.
• Explore and apply the concept of the different ways writing can be used to communicate.
Students will:• Demonstrate an understanding of the writing process.
• Orally use words that name the basic ingredients and structure of any written work.
• Extend oral vocabulary by speaking about the various formats writing may appear in.
• Use key concept words [communicate, language, alphabet, sentences, paragraphs, impact, brainstorming, creativity, fiction, creativity, letter, essay, typewriter, computer, magazine, interview, script].
Explain• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about writing:
• What is writing used for?
• What are some of the names for different forms of writing?
• What are is the difference between fictional and non• fictional writing?
• What are some tools used to write?
Model• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What is writing made up of? (letters, words, sentences, paragraphs, etc.)
• Ask students: What are some examples of the various ways to write? (story, news article, letter etc.)
• Say: Writing is a way to communicate with others. You can write down your feelings, thoughts, and ideas and share them with someone. Writing is also a way to remember things. What are some reasons people write? (to communicate a message to someone, to entertain people with stories, to inform the people of something they have discovered, etc.).
Guided Practice• Guide students through the next four slides showing them various writing formats. Always have the students describe the differences between the various types of writing.
Apply• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students what personal interest they have in writing. After the second game, encourage them to share experiences they have had with writing.
Close• Ask students: Which form of writing is your favorite? Why?
• Summarize for students that writing is a way to express themselves. Encourage them to write something in their favorite form.