Ways to Promote Writing
French, Spanish and German
Start your students out with the opening to a story and let them finish
it in their own creative ways. You can give them all of the story except
the ending or merely start them out with the characters, location, and
problem, and let them unfold the story.
Each student takes a character from the novel and writes about a story
in their past. You can define an incident in the past and let the students
imagine how the character would handle it or you can let them make up
an event for their specific character.
Have the students sit in a circle, each with a piece of paper to write
on. The students write a sentence (or two or three) introducing a character.
They pass their paper one student clockwise. They write sentences describing
the location of the character the previous student introduced. The papers
are passed clockwise again. The students read about the character and
location and then write about a problem that character has. Each time
the papers are passed, the students read what has been written and then
write more to the story. Lots of fun and laughs when each one gets to
read what happened to the character they created!
When you stop at the end of a chapter of the novel, ask the students to
write their predictions of what will happen next. What will the main character
do? Where will they go? What problems will they encounter while they try
to fix their problem?
5. Prompted Writes:
Give your students 3 prompts: a character, a location, and a problem.
Put them in groups of 3. Ask them for a 100-word story using those 3 prompts
in 20 minutes. The prompts will give them a direction to go (it's always
easier writing from a prompt than coming up with a story completely on
your own), the groups will encourage peer corrections, the word count
will give them a specific goal to shoot for, and the time limit will keep
them on task.
Writing helps students
feel more confident about their new language skills.
articles you might be interested in:
The 3 Steps of TPRS®
Planning a TPRS® Lesson: Determining
Planning a TPRS® Lesson: Designing
the Learning Activities