It is the end of the second quarter and I am seeing such improvement in writing. We did an expository writing lesson about penguins this week and they could not believe how quickly and hour went by. The were so into their stories and pictures, using their personal dictionaries, which have been gathering dust until now, and sharing with each other. It was amazing to watch since this group of students came to first not able to write much of a sentence. I have allowed lot of free writing just to get them to write. I gave them journal books to make it more "real", but it has been a slow go. I'm not sure what the catalyst was for this change, maybe they were just ready.
We have been reading about penguins, making a concept board as we go along. Thursday we made a Penguins can-have-are chart from Mrs. Jumps Penguin unit. Then using the 4 squares concept each chose 3 things from the chart and one I think... idea about penguins (a concluding sentence). They went back and added an adjective to at least one sentence, then copied their stories to a nice paper. I was even able to conference with some about their stories. WooWoo!