Welcome back to New Product Thursday! As I mentioned last week, my New Year’s Resolution for 2019 was to create and post a new product for librarians and teachers every Thursday this year. I know it’s a lofty goal, but I’ve made it through Week 2!
WHY I CREATED THIS SURVEY
Awhile back, someone who bought the Reading Interest Survey asked me if I had or would create a Writing Interest Survey. I have reached out to that teacher on TPT to send me her email address so I can send her the survey for free. Paulette P., if you are reading this, please send me your email address!
Side note: If you have a product request, please let me know! If I create it, I will send it to you free for suggesting it. My products are almost exclusively for middle school English teachers and librarians since that is where the majority of my teaching and librarian experience lies.
ABOUT THE SURVEY
- four printable pages
- contains 16 questions about student writing interests and feelings about writing
- the questions appear in boxes instead of lines and rows
- fully editable in PowerPoint (two versions: one with special fonts and one with standard Calibri font)
- When writing, do you prefer a pencil/paper or a computer?
- Think about what you have written in the past for school. What are some of the writing/projects you remember?
- Concerning writing for school, I wish my teacher would…
- Describe your feelings about grammar in two words.
GET YOUR STUDENTS TALKING!
Students clamming up? Use the writing interest survey to start a class discussion about students’ writing preferences and challenges. Here’s how…
- Have students take the survey during class. Provide plenty of time for students to really think about what they want to say. Be careful about allowing students to fill out the survey at home because you might not get all of them back.
- Gather students in small groups of 2-4 students and give each group 5-10 post-it notes. Choose a question number for the groups to discuss for five minutes.
- When five minutes is up, the group fills out post-it notes with short sentences or phrases about what they discussed. They should put these post-it notes on a wall or white board.
- Read each post-it note out loud to the class, pausing to discuss as appropriate. The idea is to get student talking about their triumphs and fears when it comes to writing.
- You can repeat this activity again or on another day.
- Be sure to take up the Writing Interest Surveys at the end of the period. These should be kept all year so you can refer back to them as needed.
OTHER WAYS TO USE THE WRITING INTEREST SURVEY:
- Have students take the survey at the beginning and end of each school year. Keep the beginning-of-the-year surveys and give them back to students at the end of the year. When comparing their thoughts about writing, what has stayed the same? What has changed?
- Keep the end-of-the year surveys for students’ writing folders for next year’s teacher.
- Use the students’ responses to design your writing lessons and assignments. Make sure the students know your lesson came from their responses.