Writing Happens

Discussion in 'Fifth Grade' started by Giggles1100, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. Giggles1100

    Giggles1100 Comrade

    Jul 19, 2006
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    Feb 14, 2011

    Hi Guys, been a while since I have posted and I have since moved from a HS Life Skills class to a private Theraputic school for kids with mental and emotional issues and I teach 5th grade!

    I think I have done well this year but now that I am moving into the writing semester of 5th grade I find that most of my students cannot write. Oh yes we have done journals and they can answer questions but writing a good sentence, much less a paragraph in not in their vernacular. To top it off 1/2 of them loathe writing and I have tried to make their journal writing fun and I do not grade them, but give them fun topics and story starters.

    I have downloaded a few writing handbooks for this grade, but none of them are giving me what I want, they know what a noun, verb etc is. they know idioms and similies etc, but they cannot seem to be able to use them in their writing even when I ask them to add 1 of them into their writing.

    My son did the Writing Happens program last year andi hated how much work it was for me but he had a notebook full of some great, very simple worksheets on how to use these ideas. The problem is, my son tossed his notebook at school and it never made it home at the end of the year and his district no longer uses it. I have tried googling it but I have found nothing. Does anyone use this program or know where I can find some of these worksheets?

    Or do you have other ideas for me to use, Mind you I have ED and autistic and Asperger kids so I have to be able to modify it to fit their 1 track brains :) It can even be info for lower grades.

  3. mopar

    mopar Multitudinous

    Aug 15, 2010
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    Feb 14, 2011

    Sorry, I've never seen or heard of Writing Happens. When I taught ED, I enjoyed lots of guided writing with my students as well as making little class books. It is very low level, but motivating for the students and began to take away the writing block that so many of them were facing.

    We also used the four square organizer which looks older and is easy for the kids to use. They enjoyed this because it made their papers so easy to write.

    Also, using a computer helped because it was more motivating for them!
  4. round stanley

    round stanley Companion

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