Connecting Composing Strategies, Digital Literacies, and Disciplinary Content to the Common Core
Edited By Jenifer Jasinski Schneider
6. Telling Our Stories: Blogging with Primary English Language Learners (First Grade)
JACQUELINE HICKEY AND SUSAN CONSTABLE
Every Monday, Ms. Hickey’s first-grade students write Weekend News in their journals. For the first eight weeks of the school year, Ms. Hickey’s students approached writing with excitement. They came into her classroom already knowing what they wanted to share. Their accompanying illustrations contained all of the details they could not write in print. However, after the first eight weeks, writing became a chore. In an effort to rekindle their love of writing, Ms. Hickey decided to try digital writing using the Website KidBlog, along with iPads, with the hope that technology would fuel their interest.
• First grade ESL room
• Title I suburban public school (17% limited English proficient; 37% economically disadvantaged)
• Small group: 2 females, 3 males, all Somali English learners (ELs)
• Two of the EL students are level 1, or emergent across all domains; three of the students are level 2, or beginner in reading and writing, and level 3–4 in the speaking domain
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