Many teachers often look at this concept and worry that they will have to overhaul their whole program to make this happen – but never fear! You do not!
As you peruse over the writing program you have, consider how:
- You can vary the types of text you expose the students to according to their talents and needs.
- Make the lessons link to real life
- Group students so they can work with like minded peers
- Make time so that they are supported by the teacher on a regular basis, not just left for independent work because they are more able.
I have included some further explanation below with examples and ideas. As always, if you are keen for further support please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Expose students to more texts of different complexity, different topics and different formats.
- Look for patterns within these different texts. Explore how they are engaging, how the language assists the text.
- Compare the voice of the authors.
- Critique these – do they really convince you? Engage you?
- Find what students like about the different texts and how they can use some of the language to improve their writing.
- Work with like minded students to read over each other’s work.
- Set aside time to support your bright and gifted students to work through raising the bar in their writings
Make it real
- Find a way to make this text type real. What sort of audience could the students write for?
- Narrative – writing competition, school newsletter, convert into a performance or picture book
- Exposition/Discussion – send the letter to local MP, council, PM, class debate
- Poetry – writing competitions, slam poetry competition in school, newsletter, christmas card insert
- Information report – write and then change into a documentary, present to class or leadership, assembly, school newsletter.
- Explanation – Create a documentary, present to class
- Recount – Artwork could be created from this and displayed
- Review – create a blog where books/products are regularly reviewed by the class.
Give structure so they understand what is expected.
- Gifted and bright students still need to understand how they set out different text types but offer them more advanced options through extra paragraphs, comparisons within their text, catchy starts and finishes through rhetorical questions etc.
- Word banks that are at their stage level and then at their ability level.
- Brainstorm various themes they could write about