Shared Writing

Last year we developed our best practices around Shared Writing.  During my walkthroughs the first few weeks I have seen several examples of excellent Shared Writing. Here are the practices that we created as a staff followed by some examples from classrooms across campus.

  1. Choose a meaningful topic by teacher or collaboratively with class
  2. Discuss why you are writing and articulate the audience
  3. Brainstorm possibilities for content
  4. Write a title at the beginning or later
  5. Get started immediately.  Ask or suggest a beginning
  6. Say the words as you write them
  7. Shape students’ language.  Accept and revise later
  8. Move along quickly so students stay engaged
  9. 10-15 minutes MAX
  10. Focus on meaningful language and logical sequence (content not conventions)
  11. Look for all students to participate for high engagement
  12. Stop and reread to: 1) decide what to write next 2) hear what you’ve already written 3) make changes that clarify and strengthen the text
  13. Demonstrate the crafts of writing that you want your students to use
  14. Point to the words as you read so students can follow along easily

Here are some examples that demonstrate the power of revising as you write to model that critical practice for students.



Here is 2nd grade DI team demonstrating how students can write with their teachers about everyday experiences.









And finally, a chart from Mrs. Chan’s class with a step by step summary of math problem solving, demonstrating that writing is effective and powerful during the math block a well.


And, just in case you are running out of ideas for Shared Writing, here is a list of 56 Shared Writing ideas from Regie Routman’s Writing Essentials:

Tried and True Ideas for Shared Writing

Write Away!!!


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