Manchester Public Schools
Office of Equity and Partnerships
Grade 12 Winter Writing
Here are some of the things you can do to help your child learn…
Write at Home
Connect with School Staff
Use Resources
  1. Have Child Tell Their Story
    Have Child Tell Their Story
    Have your child “tell” their story orally. “If they can say it, they can write it”.
  2. Write about What They Know
    Write about What They Know
    Have students write about topics they know a lot about (sports, animals, plants, gardening, legos, dolls etc.)
  3. Have Child Illustrate Stories
    Have Child Illustrate Stories
    Have children draw pictures that match their nonfiction stories. Have children label parts of their picture.
  4. Stretch out Words
    Stretch out Words
    Have students “stretch” out words that are difficult to spell so they can hear all the sounds: Example: Stamp (st-am-p)
  5. Look at Non-Fiction Books
    Look at Non-Fiction Books
    Children should look at other nonfiction books for ideas or inspiration
  6. Reread Writing
    Reread Writing
    Child should reread their writing to make sure it makes sense.
  7. Use Mentor Texts
    Use Mentor Texts
    Mentor texts are pieces of literature that you can return to and reread for many different purposes. Texts are read aloud to students and discussed. They are then used to help teach the objectives in the mini lessons. Suggested Mentor Text: Sharks
  8. Have Child Include Comparisions
    Have Child Include Comparisions
    Have students include comparisons within their story: Example: The fish was as blue as the sky
Connect with the School
Your child’s teacher is available to answer questions about your child’s progress and what they are learning in class.  Be sure to attend conferences, contact your child’s teacher via email, notes, and/or phone calls. Attend school events (i.e., Open House, Parent Math Night, etc.), as well. Review any work that comes home (corrected papers, classwork or homework) to see what your child is working on in class.  Keep the lines of communication open. Email or call the teacher when you have questions.

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