This extensive collection of videos was produced by the San José Public Library’s Partners in Reading program and Santa Clara City Library’s Read Santa Clara program.  They were made possible in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

TUTOR READY WRITING VIDEOS

The videos are based on research that focuses on the writing process, pre-writing, getting ideas on the page, writing for everyday purposes, working on mechanics like grammar and spelling, responding to writing, editing, revising, assessing writing progress, and using learner-generated texts with English language learners.

VIDEO DESCRIPTIONS

The Writing Process

PRE-WRITING VIDEOS

Pre-Writing Strategies: An Overview

Freewriting/Quick Write, Underlining and Clustering

Talk About the Weather: Using a Topic Table

Life Is So Good: Responding to a Text

These Old Hands: Responding to an Image

Freewriting/Quick Write, Underlining and Clustering

Ten Things I Love to Do: Using Graphic Organizers

These Old Hands: Responding to an Image

Life Is So Good: Responding to a Text

Purpose/Audience/Voice/Message: Key Concepts for Pre-Writing

Asking Defining Questions

Half Baked Ideas: Promoting Playfulness/Selecting Topics

 

GETTING IDEAS ON THE PAGE – SOME DRAFTING STRATEGIES

Writing from the Senses: Multisensory Writing Activities

Journal Writing: Dialog Journals

Language Experience Approach or Story

Journal Writing: A Journal of Good Things

 

WRITING FOR EVERYDAY PURPOSES

Divide and Conquer: Completing an Application Form

Writing Emergency Contact Information

Writing a To Do List-Writing for Everyday Purposes

Writing an Email to a Teacher

Script for Calling a Doctor’s Office

Writing A Thank You Note

 

WORKING ON MECHANICS

Grammar Q&A: Two Literacy Tutors Discuss Grammar’s Role in Teaching Writing

Noticing Details In Words: Spelling Practice

Six-Word Stories: Word Choice Strategies: Vocabulary

Making It Memorable: A Bunch of Ways to Practice Spelling

 

RESPONDING AND REVISING

Using a Rubric to Guide Revision

Using Sentence Combining as Part of Revision

Using Questioning to Guide Revision

Tutor Roundtable: Responding to Writing

Using a Graphic Organizer to Guide Revision

Responding to Writing

 

EDITING

Using the Guided Self-Correction Strategy for Editing

 

ASSESSING WRITING PROGRESS

Using a Writing Portfolio to Assess Progress

 

USING LEARNER-GENERATED TEXTS WITH ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

Tutoring Learners Without Literacy in Any Language

Learner’s Favorite Recipe

Learner’s Picture Stories

Learner Describes Experience

Words with a Picture Book