Today I ran a second writing sample as part of my data collection for my dissertation focus. I was quite nervous about this as it meant asking these learners to sit and write for 45 minutes. I chose to give these learners a visual prompt along with some of our guidelines that we have used for our narrative writing throughout this term.
When I spoke to the group about doing a writing sample, I was met with excitement and questions. The prompt seemed to excite everyone in the group and the questions ranged from surface features to wonderings about how they could link the various parts of the picture to their narratives.
During their planning, I noticed that a lot of the learners were discussing their ideas. While not an official e-assTTle writing sample, I intended to run the session as similar to the first writing sample as possible, however seeing the excitement and enjoyment that the kids were getting out of sharing their ideas, I chose to following some of the advice from the passage below from TKI:
When the planning time was over, I again thought it would be difficult for the learners to move into their independent writing but I was greeted with sights below. These photos are not staged, in fact, no one noticed me taking these. They were so engaged with getting their pens to paper.
The only protests I got through this session is when I told the group that the time was up due to us moving into reading. What the learners do not know is that as a 'reward', I am planning to publish these and gift them to them in our end of term writing ceremony so they can go home to celebrate with their whanaus for the upcoming holidays.