Collaborative writing in ELA with Wipebook Flipcharts

Collaborative writing in ELA with Wipebook Flipcharts


Using WipeBooks lets me pose a question and then let the kiddo work collaboratively to work on their evidence. It leaves me free to facilitate and ask guiding questions that will help them become independent thinkers. 

 

How do you make a claim? How do you back up your claim with evidence and reasoning? These are skills that sixth grade students are working on together. We work  these skills by practicing reading a case and making claims. Then go back into the text to find evidence to support our claims.

One of the most effective ways of practicing these skills is by using WipeBook Flipcharts to make collaborative claims and working together to find evidence to support their thinking. Working together on Wipebook Flipcharts makes it easy to work together to show!

Students use the Wipebook Flipchart to analyze text.

Teachers Role

Using WipeBooks lets me pose a question and then let the kiddo work collaboratively to work on their evidence. It leaves me free to facilitate and ask guiding questions that will help them become independent thinkers. 

Questions include:

  • “What is your claim?” 
  • “What evidence do you have to support your claim?” 
  • “How does your evidence prove your claim?”

Example of a student's work on the Wipebook Flipcharts.

Analyzing the text

Most of the students are able to make a claim, but they need to to work on analyzing the text and evidence. What better way than using a reusable WipeBook. They work in groups to come up with their claim. They are able to find text evidence to support their thinking and if they find better evidence they can erase their answers easily.

They also work in groups to rotate to other groups to evaluate each groups claims and evidence. This is a great way to get students to think critically and also be able to look at other student work critically. 

Using the Wipebook Flipcharts  allows students to edit and change their notes and answers as they make  evidence trackers and graphic organizers to plan their writing. Once the activity is over, I can take a picture and add their thinking to google classroom for a future resource thanks to this eco friendly tool and the Wipebook Scan App

 

Sharon Usher, Teacher, Lyman B. Goff Middle School, Pawtucket School Department

 

 

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