Demand. In our district, 5th graders do not write ‘pieces’ (memoirs,
personal narratives, poems, etc); rather, we focus on On-Demand writing or ‘real-world’ opportunities
to write. We teach under the idea that by the end of the year, students should
be able to sit down, be given real-world writing prompt, and thoughtfully
respond in 30 or 90 minutes. Right or wrong? I am not sure…but it’s what
testing consists of 2 On-Demand pieces. One 30 minute stand-alone piece (that
means it does not have an article with it), and one 90 minute text prompt (that
has at least one text with it, usually 2).
we analyze and pick our prompt apart. When broken down, SPAM looks like this –
give your opinion, or to narrate.
principal, a new student?
SPAM. We took notes, make anchor charts, and practiced raps.
prompts (you can grab our prompts here). Students used the Kagan structure, Rally Coach, to team up with a
friend and analyze different prompts I found through our Department of
Education. After students had time to analyze the prompts, we projected them on
our SMART Board and annotated the texts. Finally, students were ready to analyze the prompts
I really love seeing my kids take a prompt and instantly know how to break it
apart. As we transition to writing whole On Demand pieces (rather than a paragraph at a time), the SPAM road-map will be really helpful.
combination of both? Do you use SPAM or another organizer? I would love to