ABSTRACT

Students in primary grades often illustrate final pieces with collages, photographs, or other forms of art that match the style of writing. When you opt to extend a piece, you reinforce the previous work you and your students completed during the lesson. Extensions can celebrate and affirm your student writers, contribute to a print-rich classroom environment, and provide a timely opportunity for students to take the important skills and strategies practiced during the lesson and apply them to their own writing. The piece you and your students completed during interactive writing took focus and hard work. As writers develop, it may become less important for visuals to be incorporated and more important for the class piece to serve as a genre exemplar that informs students independent writing. You can frequently remind students of the work they did as a class while they work on their individual pieces.