We know how difficult it can be carving out time to create and develop digital lessons - that is why we are offering three low prep activities in the form of templates that you can copy from our Show Notes page and integrate into your lessons immediately. In today's episode we discuss three templates to get your students practicing their writing skills and composing at the keyboard.
Hook the Reader
Creating templates can help ensure that every element needed for the activity, lesson, or unit is preloaded and ready for student interaction. When designing templates, if they are visually appealing and engaging your students’ interest may also increase.
The templates are ready so the only thing you will need to focus on is the workflow for getting the templates to your students. Will you distribute through Google Classroom? Provide a link for students to access the templates? Provide students with a “force copy” link? You have several options so you will choose what works best for you and your students.
Now that we have discussed some ways for using templates and the why behind them, let us tempt you with templates!
🗣 Let's Talk
Our first template was created using Google Drawing and uses a cell phone message image to get students writing. We like this particular type of template because of the popularity of texting among students and because of the template layout, it doesn't require a lot of text but still allows students to the learn the required writing skill.
Let's Talk Template
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💭 Partner - Talk/Write
Have you tried the voice typing tool in Google Docs? If not, our next template may be tempting enough to give it a try. This tempting template was created in a Google Doc by inserting a table, filling with color, adding text, and coloring in the table cells. We chose this template because it encourages communication and collaboration among partners and because of its adaptability to fit into any content area across all grade levels.
Partner Talk/Write Template
🎣 Hook the Reader
Drafting an interesting opening can be a challenge for writers of any age. Our Hook the Reader template helps students focus on composing an amazing opening to match the body and conclusion that you will provide. Students read the given text, then put their energy into crafting an opening that Hooks the Reader and flows right into the selections provided. Compose right at the keyboard or use the Voice Typing tool for this relatively short writing practice.
Bonus Template: Wrap it Up
Wrap it Up is the opposite of Hook the Reader. Provide students with an awesome introduction and body of writing and they compose a compelling conclusion based on the given text.
Hook the Reader Template
Wrap it Up Template
Have any of these templates tempted you? How will you be using any of the mentioned templates with your students in the next school year? Share your ideas in the comments or share your own templates for all to see and give us Somethin' to Tech About!
ISTE Standards for Educators
ISTE Standards for Students
Guide to the 4 C's
Technology Integration Matrix