Shared Writing and Shared Reading

Shared Writing and
Shared Reading
Erin Monn
March In-Service
March 16, 2012
Please Do Now!
Think about how you use shared writing and shared reading
with your students. List the benefits you find in using each.
Please share with a partner.
What is Shared Writing?
• Part of a Balanced Writing Program
– Writing to/for children
• Teacher models writing
• Verbalize thinking through think alouds
• Helps students develop common writing language
– Writing with children (Shared
Writing/Sharing the Pen)
• Makes writing process visible to students
• Teacher and students compose text together
• Students are free to focus on thinking
What is Shared
– Writing by children
• Students practice skills
• Allows student choice
• Allows teacher to see strengths and needs of
• Helps teacher plan instruction
What Does Shared Writing
Look Like?
• Teacher writes text in front of students
with students chiming in with ideas
• As teacher writes, he/she models strategies
students will need to use when they write
(Ex. sounding out a word)
• Reread periodically and revise as needed to
make writing stronger
• Read finished piece to students asking
volunteers to summarize what was discussed
• Post in room as a reference for students
What Does Shared Writing
Look Like? (cont.)
• Key Points
– Collaborative vs. directive
• “I wonder if the reader will get sick of reading
the same sentence beginning over and over
again. How could we change this?” vs. “We need
to have different sentence beginnings.”
– Decide on lesson focus and establish
purpose for writing (area students are
struggling with)
– Can be based on shared reading text
Shared Writing Ideas
• Morning Message Ideas
– Buzz Book
– Two Color Writing
– More Morning Message Ideas
More Shared Writing Ideas
• Nursery Rhymes/Class Books
• Poetry Ideas
– Who See’s the Wind?
– Thank You Notes for Earth Day
What is Shared Reading?
• Part of a Balanced Reading Program
– Reading to children
• Teacher models fluent reading
• Develops students’ background knowledge,
vocabulary, language development
• Verbalize strategy use through think
• Gives students common reading language
What is Shared
– Reading with children (Shared Reading)
• Students participate in group
• Support allows students to read material
beyond their instructional level
– Reading by children
• Practice skills and strategies
• Allows student choice
What Skills Do I Teach
During Shared Reading?
• Concepts about print
– Reading left to right; letter vs. word vs.
sentence; title, author, illustrator
• Reading strategies
– HFW, rhyming words, beginning sounds,
ending sounds, blending sounds to read
• Comprehension
– Character, plot, setting, problem, solution
What Does Shared Reading
Look Like?
• Key Points
– First reading
• Teacher reads story for enjoyment
– Subsequent readings
• Interactivity increases
• Draw students’ attention to specific
What Does Shared Reading
Look Like? (cont.)
– Choose reading material kids will fall in
love with
– Use predictable books, poems, nursery
rhymes, chants, songs, finger plays (Big
Book/Enlarged Text)
– Support helps build student confidence
Shared Reading Ideas
• Predictable Charts (5-Day Plan)
• Poetry
Shared Reading Ideas
• Mini Reader’s Theater
– Pull out repeated phrases from story and
write on sentence strips
– Have volunteers stand in front of group and
hold up sentence strip (Wear hats/nametags)
– Rest of students choral read story
– Student performers say their lines
• Feldgus, E.G. and Cardonick, I. Kid writing: A
Systematic Approach to Phonics, Journals, and Writing
Workshop. Chicago: Wright Group McGraw-Hill, 1999.
• Gibson, Sharan A. “Strategy Guide: Shared Writing.”
Read-Write-Think. International Reading Association,
n.d. Web. 8 March 2012.
• Shared Reading. n.p., n.d. Web.
ding.htm. 9 March 2012.
• Timmons, Dayle. “Vertical Professional Development.”
Timmons Times. Chets Creek Elementary, 6 November
2009. Web. 9 March 2012.

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