- Talk about the picture for several days before shaking out words.
- Do many read alouds to add interest and information.
- Model sentences with alternate sentences starters and punctuation(read aloud from mentor text and model your own)
- Build an anchor chart before you shake out sentences-brainstorm what they see-get as many ideas as you can
Our Photo Study
- Print each sentence on chart paper as the students are watching.
- Print big enough so that everyone can see.
- Number each sentence.
- Write the student name at the end of each sentence in a smaller font.
1. The little boy is wearing a plaid shirt. Brian( I can’t make it smaller!)
- Alternate the colour of each sentence with different coloured markers.
- Dig a little deeper for meatier sentences by asking questions such as where, how,… I.e. I see a man. Where is the man? What is he doing? What is he wearing? Use the anchor chart you built together to help you.
- Don’t accept grammatical errors-be kind “sometimes we say that but when we write we say…”
- Type up the sentences with names and numbers. Make sure the names are not the same size as the sentence. Each student should get a copy.
- Identify each student set by having the student print their name or initials or number or colour on the back.
- Store the sentences in a location that is easy to access.
- Use your sorting mat when classifying
- After several days of classifying brainstorm possible categories for paragraph writing