Purpose for Writing
During Year 3, we will focus on learning how to be better writers. During our units of inquiry, there are some purposes for writing that align well with our units. The links below will be a place where we can share ideas and learning engagements on how to improve at each of these different writing purposes. Also, when you have finished a piece of writing, make sure to fill in the Writing Tracker to the right.
Writing to Reflect (Recounts / Reflections / Feedback) - In year three, we reflect on the work we do and give feedback to others. Reflections can look different than just writing what you did and feedback is more than just saying good job. Click on the link to find out more.
Writing to Describe (Information Reports) - Information reports are not the hardest to write, but they do involve other steps, like researching, if we do not know a lot about the thing we are describing. In year three we will find out more about the research process and how to write detailed reports.
Writing to Entertain (Narratives and Poetry) - Writing a story, with original characters can be a challenge. As can writing a poem, even if it is only a few short lines. As with any type of writing though, there are some things we can learn that can help us to unleash our creativity and produce a great piece of fiction.
Writing to Explain (Procedures and Explanations) - Like information reports, writing procedures and explanations involves more than just writing. If we know a lot about how something works or how to do something, writing can be a breeze, but often we need to find out a little bit more before we put pencil to paper.
With any type of writing that we do, there are things that we should try to improve to make our writing more understandable and to make writing easier. The links below will help us to share ideas about how to improve the things that make our writing better, no matter the purpose.
Spelling - Being able to spell is a very important part of writing. There are over a million words in the English language, but that does not mean that we have to memorize them all. If we know how words work, we can start to make sense of the building blocks and, in a way, we can become constructors of words - not just memorizers.
Grammar / Editing - If good spellers are constructors of words, than being good at grammar is like being a constructor of sentences. Does that make sense? Was my grammar correct? Perhaps I need to edit my work. To find out more about grammar and editing, click the link.
Handwriting / Typing - In year three, we will continue to improve our handwriting and our typing. The goal is for us to be able to write neatly and quickly, no matter way we write. Some of us are already great at writing and could even go on to learning how to write cursive. As with anything though, it is important we set goals and track our progress.