Interactive writing is one of the many elements of a balanced literacy model. There are SO many benefits to doing interactive writing with your kiddos!
- They learn alongside you!
- They feel proud of their work and feel like an author!
- They have confidence because they are successful with your scaffolding!
- Everyone observes the writing process!
- They can apply these skills during independent writing time or writer’s workshop!
The act of interactive writing is a bridge, so to speak, between reading and writing. The students not only get to write alongside an expert writer, the teacher, but they also get to read and re-read as they are composing text.
Many times interactive writing can get confused as shared writing. I know I am guilty of that!
Shared writing is when the students tell the teacher what to write and she does so using correct writing conventions. This writing is a good example to be displayed in the classroom for students to reference.
Interactive writing is when the students actually use the pen and write the text with the teacher assistance. This type of writing will not be perfect, but is a powerful learning experience for students.
- We use chart paper and mark off a line towards the top half. This is their practice area. You can also use a dry erase board for this. Chart paper found HERE from Amazon.
- With the colored markers, I allow them to choose a color and I write in black. This helps distinguish their writing from mine easily. Markers found HERE from Amazon.
- We call the Post-it Tape “Oops! Tape”. We use this when we make an oops in our writing. Post-it Tape found HERE from Amazon.
- The alphabet chart is one of our resources that we use when stretching out words. We use its pictures to help use determine what letter makes that sound. Alphabet Chart found HERE from Amazon.
- We use the pointer to help us track our text as we re-read what we have written. Pointer found HERE from Amazon.
When doing interactive writing, we usually write about experiences that we have shared in together. Sometimes it may be after a crazy experience with a frog on the playground and other times it will be a simple task of writing Daily News together. Whatever it is, I make sure that the students are eager about it and they are engaged!
Keeping a class of 5-6 year olds engaged when they aren’t the ones writing can be hard!! Goodness! Here are a few suggestions.