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Planning Through the Analysis of Student Writing and Interactions

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“Dynamic and Interactive” vs. Planning

While most of the Interactive writing examples we have seen up to now have been whole group, interactive writing is equally as effective in a small group setting. While Roth and Debrowski highlight the dynamic nature of the interactive writing process, it is critical that teachers notice and note patterns in students writing to ensure the most strategic use of instructional time.

 During our the first session on interactive writing we encountered Kindergarten teacher, Courtney. Here we have an opportunity to revisit Courtney’s classroom. In this video she is meeting with a small group of students. Based on her observations during the whole group meeting, she decided to bring together a small group of students.

Strategic noticing and noting what does this mean? Some researchers refer to this practice as error analysis. In the context of this learning we refer to this as pattern analysis as the focus is on needs and shouldn't carry a deficit model. Keeping track of the larger landscape of the curriculum while noting the details of needs does't need to be an overwhelming task. Here are a couple examples of pattern analysis charts created based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Some are set up with the curriculum requirements running down the left column and the students' names along the top. Others have the students's name along the left menu and curriculum requirements along the top.



Reading rockets offers a collection of PreK-3rd grade writing samples ( ) you can use for discussions.

Teachers College Student Writing Samples offers a variety of genres

Your state might also offer writing samples. We recommend you initially start this process with writing samples not from your own school. If you need to pick just one collection to preview, the grade 2 offers a nice variety. 

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These tools were created as part of the Literacy Improvement in Rural Education through Collaboration (LIREC) project funded by the U.S. Department of Education