Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Informative Writing with Self-Regulated Strategy Development

Click the image to download the poster and graphic organizer!
   I am working for the TN State Department of Education again this summer, training 1st and 2nd grade teachers on best practices for math and literacy.  I am so excited about the literacy part of it- we are teaching writing!!  I've taught for 13 years now and I cannot remember any PD on writing.  I have always felt weak in that area and unsure of the best methods for teaching my students how to be better writers.  Well, not anymore!  I know how to teach informative writing and I want to share it with you!
   We are teaching Self-regulated Strategy Development for Informative/Explanatory writing.  SRSD is sweeping Tennessee, because all of our coaches, 1st grade through 12th, are teaching this model!  We are going to have the highest writing scores ever next year!  If you are unfamiliar with SRSD, it's a 6 stage gradual release of responsibility model.   It's not meant to replace your current writing curriculum/practices, just enhance and supplement them.  This approach was developed by Dr. Karen Harris and her colleagues.  It is based on two concepts- self-regulation and strategies.  Research shows that this gradual release model works!  
 Here is a brief overview of the stages:
  • Stage 1- Activate & Develop Background Knowledge- Collect a pre-assessment (cold write), build enthusiasm, introduce mnemonic (see graphic above), evaluate exemplar essay, review parts and terms for this type of writing, discuss key general writing traits, & introduce self-regulation
  • Stage 2- Introduce graphic organizer, map out exemplar essay, repair weak essays, discuss students' current attitudes toward writing, & discuss when and where to use strategies.
  • Stage 3- Introduce self-talk, model a think aloud using positive self-talk, lead collaborative write, introduce scoring, score samples, & support goal setting.
  • Stage 4- Memorize the mnemonic and internalize self-instruction plans
  • Stage 5- Time for students to practice all they've learned.  This stage is an active, buzzing writing workshop.  Differentiation happens here.  Students are gradually released and begin to blossom into independent writers.  Hold steady in this stage until all students are successful.
  • Stage 6- Use strategies and self-regulate independently- Independent practice! You have writers!
Murfreesboro City & Wilson County Teachers using SRSD
   Depending on your group of students, you could start producing writers who self-regulate and use good writing strategies within the first quarter!  Want to know more? You can watch videos and download free materials from the Think SRSD website by clicking {HERE}!  There is information for  the 3 main types of writing on the website, my training is focusing on informative, because that's the area our students struggle with the most.

Watch this Prezi on SRSD to learn more!

Teachers in Milan, Tennessee putting SRSD into practice!

POW+TIDE writing center created by Core Coach Kerri Newsom.

Below is a Padlet with so many great resources for SRSD!
   If you already use SRSD, I'd love for you to share your experiences and tips in the comments below.  If you have further questions, leave those below too!

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