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Collaborative Writing in 4th Grade

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Keywords: collaborative writing, group work, publishing to class website
Subject(s): Social Skills, Spelling, Grammar, Writing, Speech and Language, English/Language Arts
Grades 4 through 6
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: PS 95 Eastwood, Jamaica, NY
Planned By: Mary Lawrence
Original Author: Mary Lawrence, Jamaica

Lesson Plan Title: Classroom Collaborative Writing and Publishing
Topic: Descriptive Narrative
CCLS: Editing Identify punctuation, spelling, and grammar and usage errors in the draft.
Revising Evaluate the draft for use of ideas, content, organization, word choice, and sentence fluency
. Use a variety of sentence structures.
Use resources to include more powerful vocabulary.

Teaching Points: Students will work together, in groups, 1. to utilize the writing process through technology 2. to publish their final draft on class website
Materials: Laptop Computers for student use: Class website
1. Assign students to writing groups
2. Give students the assignment and discuss the criteria.
3. Review and discuss requirements of a great story. (a story contains a beginning middle and end and has a plot, setting(s), and character(s).
4. Assign each member of the group specific tasks but remind students that every member is responsible for the whole product.
5. Allow class time to begin and continue the assignment.
6. Provide time for peer editing and revisions.
7. Publish final pieces on class website
8. Each group will then read and respond to each other groupís published work.
Closure: Students will write a self-reflection on the computer site and will also share their thoughts about the assignment. They will also critique the quality of their own groupís published piece. In class discussion, students will reflect and share how this assignment helped them to grow as a writer and will discuss what areas still need to be improved.

Cross-Curriculum Ideas
After assigning a content area topic, groups would be responsible for reading, analyzing, summarizing and presenting their portion of the text to the class. This is called jigsawing.
Materials: Mobile Labs