More than half of my class are in their very first year of academic English. Many are still in the “silent phase” where they don’t actually have enough language to participate in a conversation. So how do I get them to write? My students’ new favorite way to write is through a website called Storybird. This website allows them to use art provided by the website to build online storybooks. This website has inspired my students to write stories unlike the ones I get out of them when they are writing simple stories.
Each week, my students decide on a setting, characters, problem and solution and then each student writes a story using these same elements. It makes a wonderful writing center. Last week, they chose to write about a haunted house. One of my brand new to English students wrote this story called Omar the Alien and the Haunted House. I was so proud of her, but more importantly, she was so proud of herself. In the beginning of the year, I couldn’t get her to write. Now, she’s the first one done, and her writing is getting stronger and stronger! For more strategies to help your English Language Learners with writing – stop by my blog – Raki’s Rad Resources.