This term, we have been exploring how to write information reports that links in our learning about the forest. Most of the writers I work with have not had much exposure to report writing so I thought if we started with looking at the structure of a paragraph would be a great start.
An opportunity that I wanted to explore with the group was thinking about both the purpose of their writing as well as their audience. We decided that we wanted to create information for visitors to our school and this got me thinking, how would we be able to share these with others as well as demonstrate our skill in writing paragraphs.
Looking at some of the senior hubs blogs, I noticed that they had been using an app called Thinglink that allows you to turn images into interactive graphics. With this in mind, I chose to model an example first to see what the response from the kids were:
There was a buzz of excitement when I showed the kids this and lots of questions about where I had
chosen to place my paragraphs and then I noticed, that they were reading the paragraphs and giving me feedback. With this goal in mind, everyone set off to create a Thinglink of their own.
When it came time to take their photos, I saw a great deal of care from the kids to make sure that the image not only suited their writing but also demonstrated empathy for their audience by considering what message they wanted to portray. These are kids who normally can't wait to be finished with a piece of writing however they were analysing their photos and retaking after having conversations with one another.
Check out their finished pieces on our hub blog: