This week I have been 'toying' with the idea of what should go into a modelling book for class writing, who the book is intended for and how the information should be displayed. I have worked alongside two groups both with differing literacy needs this year and therefore used two books so I I am now considering putting both sets of information together. I also think it is a good idea to include (with permission) samples of students work as great models along with any planning templates and rubrics that they've used.
Modelling book NLS (or next learning steps) for 2014:
- Divide the book up into susbstantial sections that will separate one genre from the next.
- Include just in time photos as evidential data.
- Think creatively about publishing ideas with laptops/ iPads and add these examples to the book.
- Ask students for reflective feedback or feed forward and include their comments.
- Put models of other forms of writing (eg: inquiry templates, graphic organisers etc) at the back of the modelling book.
FIVE Modelling Book Tips:
1. Keep a toolkit of pens, coloured pens, ruler, highlighters, pencils, dictionary and thesaurus handy.
2. Write up the WALT well ahead of time and have additional information ready.
3. It's a modelling book so errors or the modelling of errors are acceptable.
4. Ask for samples of work from students to include in the book.
5. Keep the modelling book up to date and encourage students to refer to it often.