Our Grade 6 teacher, Mrs. Downs, created her own post using only a graphic image and invited the students to share their thoughts. No guidelines were stipulated regarding the length of the post nor were reminders given about sentence structure. The directions...look at the image and comment.
The students' writing began to flood the screen. From short posts to creative rhymes, student personalities began to shine through with each entry made.
"Do the comments make sense grammatically? Is punctuation missing? Should sentences begin with a capital letter?" As Mrs. Downs, asked probing questions while reviewing the students' first attempt, we could see light bulbs coming on across the room, as well as, the strong desire to correct mistakes made. After Mrs. Downs invited the young writers to edit and revise, the students' comments became more thoughtful...more conversational...more grammatically correct!
Are they perfect? No, but we are not looking for perfection; we are looking for growth.