August 29, 2012 by Kara
When designing writing stations, just look at what they were reading for inspiration. If they read a menu, ad, review, Tweet, text, book, or comic… now they can “write” one!
Keep these questions in mind when you plan the station activity:
* Why are they doing this activity as a group instead of individually? This is their time to learn how to work and learn in group settings.
* Is the activity appropriate to their proficiency level? Try not to take them back down to Novice Low if they are Intermediates. Also don’t frustrate them with too difficult ones.
* What is each person’s role in the group? Be specific in your directions.
* What are authentic writings for the current unit? Relevance = motivation.
Thanks to Stephanie for the “Infografía” readings. I love them! Now I think this would be a great way to create with new vocabulary words. One group member can research, one can find pictures, one can write, one can design, etc. I would suggest PicCollage app, Pages or something similar.
CAPTIONS or COMICS
I am still working on how to make this more group friendly. I give them magazines and these captions (some with prompts like “I think that… I like…”). They cut out a picture and finish the caption.
We are continuously adding writing activities to the tab “Activities by Mode” at the top of the page. See if you can adapt them to fit groups and stations!
What writing stations do you have?