Companion was developed with the goal of mimicking,
on computer, how we teacher process writing in the classroom.
We have found that using the program as an instructional tool
engages students in the process of writing, allowing them
to explore information from an entirely new perspective. Most
of ideas in this section originated from the explorations
of teachers and studentsfrom first graders to seniors
in high schoolusing Writers Companion at
our beta-test sites.
we believe that so many interesting ideas cropped up is that
Writers Companion is especially well suited
for students who have grown up in a world in which many of
their experiences occurred within multimedia environments.
Writers Companion is a natural extension
of those experiences, allowing students to create stories
that not only print out, but also can actually become animated
movies that can be shared over the Internet.
end, you too will probably get your best ideas from using
Writers Companion with your students, in
a large group context if possible. We as adults, have built
up preconceived notions of what communication is. Hopefully,
the examples below will help you break free and create.
The Poster Size Printout feature of Writers Companion
is perfect for creating instructional posters for your classroom.
This is a great way to display student writing and create
a print-rich environment in your classroom. You can use poster-size
printouts in any of the formats in Writers Companion
Poster Sized Graphic Organizers
Printing out the a cluster, venn diagram or timeline as a
poster can be use two ways: in group editing to help and individual
reorganize their story or essay; or as an instructional tool
to teach how to use various types of graphic organizers.
Size Story Starters
Writing using Email
Use the email feature of Writers Companion
to create a truly unique shared writing process in your classroom.
Have your students create the first page or paragraph of a
story and then email it to other students in your classroom,
across the country or even around the world.
Off the Computer
Print your ideas poster sized or regular size. Cutout the
ideas as individual cards and arrange them off the computer.
You can even create a template for the graphic organizers
by creating a blank one on the computer and printing it out
the Thesaurus to Add Depth to Student Writing