Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Improving Writing


On my second placement one French classroom was covered in useful vocabulary. I sat there taking note of every piece of coloured paper in that room and set my mind on replicating the displays in my own classroom one day. The problem is that the room in which I'm mainly based is a room where German and Spanish are taught too. After chatting about this with a fellow NQT, she came up with a single side of paper that contained excellent language that pupils need in order to improve their writing and speaking. 


After I provided all the vocab from the walls surround the class, my good friend @Gem_Quinn expertly adapted it into this masterpiece. It really makes it easy for the pupils to find what they need in order to aid their writing while being colourful and engaging enough to make the students actually want to use it. A balance that isn't the easiest to achieve!

Every pupil has a copy of this glued into the front cover of their book and the sheet covers a whole range of vocab and structures that we expect pupils of all abilities to be using in their work. I've also found that this helps pupils to start using terminology for aspects of language more frequently and accurately. This has in turn allowed me to comment on adding intensifiers or connectives for example while pupils are keen to include as much 'Fancy' language as they can! The copy attached here is for KS4 and I have a scaled down version for my KS3 classes.

UPDATE: Spanish one is also added below. I haven't used this one myself yet but will be from September!


UPDATE 2: Now available in German thanks to the wonderful Mrs Wiseman!




27 comments:

  1. Hi, wonderful! Do you have the digital file of this? I would love to adapt it for German. Am happy to swap a plethora of resources in return. Jon. @jjbsgs

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  2. Excellent resource. Love them and your blog. Amazing! Thanks for sending us a digital copy. @LangTeachersIre

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  3. Wonderful tool and something I have wanted to have in my classroom for a long time! I have a great reading activity on Infographies to swap for a digital (modifiable) copy of your great resource. @FrenchTeacherCA frenchteachercanada [at] gmail [dot] com

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  4. Love this mat! How did you make it? What tool did you use?

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  5. It was made using Powerpoint!

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  6. I love this - could you please send me one in each of the 3 languages? Thanks in advance

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  7. Would very much appreciate a digital version of this (and may I have permission to use it with my students?)

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    1. Hi Michele,

      If you could email the address found on the Contact Us page (can be found at the top of the page), I'd be more than happy to send the resources over :)

      Thanks

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  9. Thank you, Mrs. Wiseman. Your German language version fits perfectly on my laptop desktop.

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  10. Please can u send me a digital copy? Hilldi.gk@greenbankhigh.co.uk

    Thanks

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  11. Could you please send me a digital copy of the German version? I would love to share this with my students! reschroeder@ballstate.bsu.edu

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  12. Fabulous, "go to" resource! Would you mind sending me a digital copy of both Spanish and French versions. Would love to share with our students. celiana.colon@asd20.org

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  13. What great student resources! I would love digital copies of the French and Spanish. Thank you very much! ssummers8181@gmail.com

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  14. I would love a copy of the French and German if you don't mind! These are great tools!!! linlewando@gmail.com

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  15. Could I have a digital copy of both French and Spanish versions please.? These are fantastic!

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  17. Pls send Fr and Sp versions. To lambre#rmhsvt.org
    Merci!

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  18. Pls send Fr and Sp versions. To lambre#rmhsvt.org
    Merci!

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  19. These resources are brilliant! Could I have a digital version of the French and Spanish, please? Much appreciate it. silvi.n.r@gmail.com Gracias!!

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  21. This is great and appreciate you sharing. May I have a digital copy? email to: mwhitton@northrockland.org
    Thanks a bunch!

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  22. This is great and appreciate you sharing. May I have a digital copy? email to: mwhitton@northrockland.org
    Thanks a bunch!

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  23. This is a great resource to help my students work on their writing skills! May I please have a digital copy of the French one sent to me at rfawcett@laca.org? Thank you!

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