My students need personal spiral notebooks to keep track of their notes and ideas, plastic storage boxes for all necessary writing materials, and thesauruses to find more precise language/increase their vocabulary.
My students are first generation Angelenos, primarily of Central American descent. Most speak English as a second language, but this doesn't stop them from being super hard-working learners. We are a Title I school. They all receive free lunches, and their families have instilled a grateful attitude in them.
Reading and learning are passions in this classroom.
They love reading silly books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and graphic novels. Most of them love our nonfiction section of the library and run to tell me about a new animal or science fact they just learned. They absolutely love research projects, working in cooperative groups, and writing their own plays or pantomiming the current week's vocabulary words. My students thrive in a hands-on, active-learner environment, the more kinesthetic, the better.
Despite the challenge of second-language learners' grasp of grade level literacy, my students love creating stories and sharing and having any book read aloud to them with expression. Their desire to learn sparks this teacher's enthusiasm on a daily basis. We hope you share our vision to keep every child's spark for learning glowing!
These materials will be instrumental in giving the students a sense of ownership over their creative writing journey. The students can carry all of their writing materials (colored pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, editing/proofreading marks quick card) with them in the easy-view, clear pencil boxes. We are only provided by the district a brown lined newsprint, but these blossoming writers need spiral bound writing paper for all of their brainstorming, mapping, and drafting needs. This allows students easy access to all their creative thoughts, and really own their writing. Students love feeling that their work is compiled, and important!
Since vocabulary is an area of needed growth with English language learners, and All students in general, a pack of thesauruses will become a staple in our new creative writing center.
As part of the writing process, revising and partner revising involve looking for more specific and/or interesting words to switch out some of the more common words students use (nice, pretty, bad, good, etc.). This will make the stories come alive! I can't wait to read the final masterpieces that are created and published this year.
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