ABSTRACT

With older and more fluent writers, Share the Pen can be modified to become Share the Keyboard, where the teacher and students type using a keyboard or touchscreen with text displayed on a screen or interactive whiteboard. This step in the lesson is powerful because the students have the opportunity to focus on conventions in an intensive but authentic setting as well as develop their overall language and literacy skills, including reading and oral language. Because pieces written during interactive writing are meant to be reread by students and are intended for a broader audience, standard spelling and punctuation are important. The in-the-moment editing techniques, such as rereading each word or sentence and checking spelling carefully, allow your students to practice what real writers do-fix mistakes in real time.