Capturing ideas in a teaching sequence

Teaching sequences are the bedrock of literacy teaching.  They are where teaching objectives are transformed into activities that will help children learn. They provide the focus and emphasis for the children in your class.  They allow you the space and time to attend to what is important.

Teaching sequences are divided up into four sections: Familiaristion or immersion (in the text), capturing ideas, shared writing and the key outcome.  In fact we start with the key outcome because that helps decide which activities we do and don’t do.

The capturing ideas part of the teaching sequence is one of the more challenging aspects of the sequence.  It is the bridge between the text that is being used as a model and children writing for themselves.  It is where the structure and language features meld with the content to be written about.

It is important to distinguish between capturing ideas around structure and language features and capturing ideas about content.  The type of teaching and activities for each is different.  If children are plotted onto the simple view of writing, it may help to focus where the teaching should be aimed.  They will not be in the same place for each peice of writing.

In the next post about capturing ideas we will look at what sorts of activities could be used and for which aspect.

Let us know what you find tricky about capturing ideas and we will incorporate some solutions into the post.

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