...sharing thoughtful, mentor text-inspired lessons your students will love!
Author/Teacher Donald H. Graves once suggested that--when the writing process is truly being honored by a writer--it wouldn't be uncommon for the writer to spend 85% of his/her time during the pre-writing step. That's a huge number, and those of us who consider pre-writing to simply be clustering, brainstorming, and/or the filling out a graphic organizer are probably falling way short of the 85% suggested by the great Graves.
In truth, very few teachers can probably brag and say they actually hit (or even come close to) the 85% target when they teach a writing lesson, but that doesn't mean we all shouldn't set 85% as a personal or professional goal. It makes intuitive sense that more pre-writing (done at a higher level of Bloom's taxonomy) would lead to better student rough drafts, which would then lead to better revision and publishing.
And so...we are challenging our teacher-users of WritingFix to increase the number of deep-thinking tools they use to instruct students during pre-writing. We are challenging teachers, if they are inspired, to share brief write-ups of pre-writing inspiration that we can post over at WritingFix.
Underneath this post, you can submit a brief write-up for something you do to push higher-level thinking from your students during pre-writing. Anything you ask your students to do (talking to each other, analyzing a mentor text or teacher model, evaluating a student model, etc.) before they pull out a piece of lined paper and start drafting can be shared here. Be creative. Be aware of the higher level verbs of Bloom's taxomony: apply, analyze, evaluate, create. Explain your idea/technqiue well-enough that a teacher who doesn't know you could makee sense of your idea. That's what we're looking for here.
To post, you can type your write-up directly in the "Reply to this" box below; or you can attach it as a document. If you do not see the "Reply to this" box, it is because you are not yet a member of this group at the ning. To become a member, simply click on the "+Join Deeper with Bloom's Taxonomy" link near the upper right-hand corner of this page.
Thanks in advance to those of you who want to share your ideas back with WritingFix!
--Corbett Harrison, WritingFix Webmaster