October - January
Each student has
his own writing journal containing blank pages. Students decide what
their story is going to be about and then illustrates. After they are
finished, the teacher asks the student to "tell" her about his story.
The student then begins to write the sentence phonetically. This means
they are going to focus on the sounds they can hear. If a student does
not know the word, then he will draw a line, at least to represent the
word. The teacher will then adult write under the student's writing.
February - June
now begin their second journal containing white lines and shaded
lines. The students will continue to illustrate a story while thinking
about who, what, where, why, and when questions. They will "Kid
write" in the white lines and the teacher will "Adult write" underneath
in the shaded line.