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Title: Interactive Writing

by: Heather Miller, edited by: Stephanie Martinez and Krystal Billeck

Textbook definition:

Shared writing activity in which children are invited to volunteer to write parts of a story.

Describe the lesson:

The students will create a story as a class that includes a beginning, middle, and ending.

When was it observed:

November 28, 2011

Classroom teacher observed and school:

Molly Sellers at Walker Station Elementary

Grade level:

3rd grade


The students will be able to write a beginning, middle, and ending to a story.
The students will be able to write predictions of a story.

Materials needed for the lesson:

"Roger the Jolly Pirate Book", Markers, other writing utensils (Pencil or pen), construction paper, staples to make a book


The teacher will read "Roger the Jolly Pirate" out loud to the class. The teacher will stop after a few pages and ask what they predict will happen next and write it on the chalkboard. After they have completely a story the class will discuss what was the beginning, middle, and ending of the story. The teacher will then pull out a poster board and explain to the students they are going to write a story as a class. The students will brainstorm a beginning, middle, and ending to a story and create their own book with their own illustrations.

Supporting Documents:

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My observation of the lesson:

The students seemed engaged in the lesson because it involved the whole class. They had fun coming up with a story and being able to write their own beginning, middle, and ending to the story. I knew the students grasped the concept of the lesson because they could recognize the difference between the beginning, middle, and ending of a story and make predictions based on what would happen next as opposed to stating things that had already happened or that could not happen until later in the story. I would have the students break into small groups and write short stories on their own and then share them with the class and let them decide on what was the beginning, middle, and ending to each of the stories. I think it was good that the teacher had the students make their own book of the story themselves so they could have a personal copy.

Benefits of Interactive Writing:

Interactive writing gives the students a chance to have the whole class involved and gives the teacher a chance to understand the students development and understanding of a story in their writings. It also helps the students practice their spelling and lets them use their own imagination. Writing a book as a class is a good activitiy to enhance their comprehension and understanding of texts.

Drawbacks of Interactive Writing:

Students may hold back knowledge because they are nervous to share what they know or think to the class. Students may feel better writing by themselves than as a whole. The class book may not show ideas of each of the students and only a few.