Write to the Core is designed to help beginning writers use technology to communicate in writing. Users are able to express their thoughts with the help of partially pre-written sentences called sentence frames. The sentence frames guide students through the steps of writing a paragraph so they can experience early success in formulating their thoughts within a proper writing structure. Although this is designed for 1st grade students, beginning English writers of any age can benefit from the guidance provided by the pre-established writing structure.
Teachers can use the customize feature in this app to pre-write sentence frames based on writing prompts aligned with class curriculum. For instance, a teacher may better direct students to write about paragraphs on animals found in Costa Rica, their response to the book A Tiny Seed, or the 5 senses.
This app is aligned with first grade level standards Common Core standards. Common Core focuses on three writing genres: opinion, informative/explanatory, and narrative. In this grade, students will need the guidance and support of adults to achieve the following Common Core learning objectives:
– Focusing on a topic
– Responding to questions and suggestions from peers
– Adding details to strengthen writing as needed.
– Using a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing
– Recalling information from experiences
– Gathering information from provided sources to answer a question.
Parents can assist at home by helping their child understand the difference between facts and opinions. For narrative writing, parents can help by asking their child to tell a story and prompt them with questions such as, “What happened next?”
For more information on common core, see http://www.corestandards.org.
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