— Creating an audio file: Home>Play>Sound Recording
— Then, record your writer's plan, save the file with File> Save Buffer as (remember where you put it!).
— Hyperlink: Highlight a word or group of words.
— Select Insert>Hyperlink>Document>Browse the pathway (this is like adding an attachment to an email) select the audio file>Click OK>Click Apply. Presto!
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Using a Sticky Note to record R.A.F.T. (Role, Audience, Format, and Topic)

— For a great list of R.A.F.T. ideas, see:
http://www.greece.k12.ny.us/instruction/ELA/6-12/Reading/Reading%20Strategies/RAFT.htm
— How to use: Go to Home > Work> Notes.

"Look For's"

  1. — Accountability—kids actually use the prewrite/plan
  2. — Match structure to genre
  3. — Teach how to plan
  4. — Collect exemplars
  5. — Plans can/should be revised
  6. — Emphasize that prewrites/plans organize drafts


Drafting/Editing/Revision:

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Turn off the tools! Get ideas, text and content down.
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  • Turning off the tools. Go to Tools>Spellcheck>Options>click “Check spelling as you type”

Challenge your students with word count.
  • Tools>Word Count

Organization: Color-coding the text
  • View>Toolbars>Formatting
  • Develop common language—the pink = a topic sentence, blue is a supporting detail, etc

Transitions:
http://www.studygs.net/wrtstr6.htm
http://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/taylorse/Taylors%20Elementary%20Curriculum%20Information/elatrans.asp
http://www.studyzone.org/testprep/ela4/h/transitionwords.htm
http://www.studyzone.org/testprep/ela4/h/chronologicalnarrativep.htm

http://teachers.plainfield.k12.in.us/wac/documents/PHSTransitionsHandout.pdf
http://www.elc.byu.edu/classes/buck/w_garden/classes/buck/transitions.html

Sentence fluency:


Grade Level Analysis:
http://www.editcentral.com/gwt/com.editcentral.EC/EC.html


Word choice:



Voice:
  • Podcast your draft. Listen back to it and make notes on your hard copy about changes.
  • Have a peer read it into the podcast recorder and listen to his/her audio file.
  • Cut and paste your text into www.vozme.com. The female voice is a bit more bearable. Two other sites (with better voices): AT&T Text-to-speech | Expressivo