This summer we offered a Custom Writing and Language Arts Planning Program to moms who were interested in having me help them create a tailor-made writing and language arts curriculum for the year. The projects they’re completing are rolling in and I wanted to share this one as an example of how a lapbook can be used as a way to foster writing. Thanks Teresa and Joshua (10) for your permission to share your wonderful work!
Joshua’s lapbook features what he learned about sharks, a passion of his. Teresa and I discussed what to do about spelling errors, etc., via email. The basic idea is to slowly develop the skill of self-editing (kids edit their own work) and I gave her strategies for how to foster that practice successfully.
This is for Joshua’s (10) September assignment – a mini report on Sharks.
I have attached 3 photos and retyped his text below. This is completely his design and content. What is interesting is that he wrote more about sharks in his freewrite, but he did not want to include it all in the report. He knows SO much more than he was willing to put in there. I am typing the text exactly as on the report, errors and all…
He designed it so that the photos are numbered and on a slide. When you open the book, the center writing area has the corresponding number for that photo with a blurb about it.
News flash, this just came in about sharks
1) One of the five most dangeres sharks the Great white.
2) Sharks have a sixth sence of sencing energy, this shark is sencing the fishes moovment or energy.
3) This picture is about how sharks find there food.
Right flap text (fictional story):
The dog and the shark
by Joshua Youngblood
There once was a dog and shark and this is the story of how they became friends.
One day John went on is boat whith Jack his dog. They went out into the ocean, but John forgot to poot the boat tale gate up so when he made a sharp turn and Jack slipped and fell into the ocean. When John got home he realised that Jack wasn’t there, meanwhile Jack was swimming around when he saw a shark coming at him Jack thought he was going to be eatten but he was not eatten, Jack asked the shark if he could bring him home and the shark said yes and they becaum friends. The shark took Jack to John and they lived happely ever after. THE END!
Left flap text (Prelutsky poem copywork):
In the middle of the ocean,
In the deep deep dark,
Dwells a monstrous apparition,
The detested RADISHARK.
It’s an underwater nightmare
That you hope you never meet,
For it eats what it wants,
And it always wants to eat.
Its appalling, bulbous body
Is astonishingly red,
And its fangs are sharp and gleaming
In its huge and horrid head,
And the only thought it harbors
In its small but frightful mind,
Is to catch you and to bite you
On your belly and behind.
It is ruthless, it is brutal,
It swims swiftly, it swims far,
So it’s guaranteed to find you
Almost anywhere you are.
If the RADISHARK is near you,
Pray the beast is fast asleep
In the middle of the ocean
In the dark dark deep.