This technique is not new but it is something that I need to do more in my classes. It
worked very well so I wanted to share what I did.
Recently, my students have shown me that they need more writing practice. In addition to continuing to provide more comprehensible input, we did a guided writing this week. We wrote what has happened so far in episode 4 of El Internado. I wrote everything on the board as each student provided input and copied what I wrote. Here is what it looked like:
On the board I wrote “Elsa”. I asked in Spanish” In the beginning of the episode, what did Elsa do and how did she feel?” The class answered, I wrote, they copied what I wrote. I then asked in Spanish “Why?” And they said why and I wrote it and they copied it.
I did a quick grammar pop-up with the past subjunctive phrase “quería que…” All I said was that the verb after it has to be in a special form so that is why it is viera and not vio.
I then wrote “Paula” and asked similar questions. I did another grammar pop up with “no pensó que…”
I continued to add a character’s name and the class told me what they did so far in the episode.
I did not tell them what to write. It was a story-asking conversation.
Why the guided writing worked:
- I was able to point out word order as I wrote on the board
- I was able to do grammar pop ups immediately as they wrote
- I was able to ask them how to spell some words
- It helped them with writing
Optional Extension Activities:
- Draw a storyboard of the writing
- Have a student type it, read it next class
- Create reading comprehension questions
- Have students add details that were not mentioned
- Do another guided writing for the second part of the episode
This sounds like a very useful and effective teaching technique.
Great writing activity! One thing that I would add is that this is also a painless way to expose them to transition words such as aunque and prepositional phrases such as antes de… if you do this regularly then they will eventually acquire the transition words without additional reps. I blogged about this a few weeks ago (great minds think alike 🙂 https://mrpeto.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/internado-episode-3-student-guide-now-posted/
Great thinking! I plan on doing this more often as it was such a great way for them to acquire writing skills. Thanks for the tip!!
This is a good reminder for me to do more of this. Thank you for sharing!
I also need to do more of this!! Thanks for the comment!