ERIC Number: ED356479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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Classroom Applications: Will Taping and Replaying Their Speeches Help My Fourth Grade Students with Organizing Their Written Work?
Wirth, Harold E.
A fourth-grade teacher developed a unit on writing designed to help his students go from oral to written text after finding that only 4 of the 22 in his classroom had the organizational and writing skills to get their ideas on paper. The basis of the unit was a unique problem which the teacher himself was trying to solve in real life; namely, how to transport a 12-foot banana plant five miles in freezing weather. Students brainstormed ideas on this "Great Banana Rescue," wrote short and simple notes on the blackboard and on index cards concerning how the "rescue" was completed, and recorded individual stories on a tape recorder. Using the format of the "Stack the Deck Program," the teacher used a prepared paragraph to illustrate proofreading techniques. Students then wrote stories based on their note cards and their tape-recorded retelling of the rescue. Students shared and discussed their stories with each other. Final copies were graded on correct order of events, then sentences, and finally spelling. Most student were able to make complete sentences, and even the weakest writers were able to recognize a few errors and correct them. Two weeks later, when students had to write a book report, almost every student chose to make notes, then a rough draft, and then a final copy. (Four "rescue" stories and two book reports written by students are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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