Purpose: A structured and supported way for beginning writers to develop their spelling skills while practicing vocabulary and writing full sentences.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Materials Needed: handouts with a photo printed on the top part of the paper and lines for writing on the bottom half (see attached example below)
- Give each learner a copy of the picture, or put a copy of the picture up on the projector so all of the learners can see it.
- Write “I see ______. Ask the learners to describe what they see in the picture using this sentence frame (example: I see a grandmother. I see a pillow. I see two children.).
- After the class has described the picture out loud as a class, break them into small groups of two or three. Have them take turns describing the picture to their partner or small group.
- Bring the class back together. Point to one item on the picture (either on the projector or holding a copy of the picture up if you don’t have a projector) and ask the learners “What do you see?” Prompt the class to respond using a full sentence “I see a…”
- Ask the class how to spell the item. As they spell it, label the item in the picture. Prompt the learners to label the word on their own pictures.
- Follow steps 4 and 5 for the rest of the items in the picture.
- Once the items are labeled, model how to use the labeled words in the picture and the sentence frame to write complete sentences below the picture.
Modification 1: If you have learners that are higher level, invite them to come up to the board and write the labels on the picture.
Modification 2: If you have time, have learners pair up or mingle with other learners after they have finished writing their sentences and read their sentences to a partner or several other learners to practice developing their literacy skills.