#GRA16 Teachers: Get Started

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Welcome to the 2016 Global Read Aloud!

This Group is designed to connect your classroom with other classrooms participating in the Global Read Aloud through visual writing starters (IDEAS), student responses (POSTS) and commenting between participants. Use the documentation below to promote authentic writing connections centered around great books!

Get Started:

Teaching Resources:

  • Check out the Digital Writing Starter Kit for a unit plan with 5 detailed lessons for having students experience purposeful digital writing and safely publish their first Post to an audience.
  • Want to quickly dive in? These 10 mini lessons will likely connect to something you are already doing or jog some ideas on how to easily integrate Write About!
  • Show the Commenting on Digital Writing video to students as you begin to model positive and safe community interactions

Before GRA Kicks off…

  • Model and practice moving a Post through the writing process, revising based on teacher/peer feedback, and sharing to an audience
  • As a class or individually, share an introductory Post to the GRA Group or your book Group
  • Have students practice responding independently to an Idea in the Group
  • Have students practice commenting on other students’ Posts
  • Find fun and unique ways to share your students’ excitement about the book and the GRA experience!

During the GRA…

  • Do shared Write Abouts as a class based on discussions and reactions to what you are reading
  • Have students share their individual responses to the Ideas in the Group about the book
  • Allow students to share personal reflections and stories related to the themes in the book by creating Posts from scratch
  • Promote a balanced Reading/Writing/Commenting approach for community participation
  • Add teacher Connections with others in the community and find ways to continue the collaboration beyond the GRA

2016 Book Groups:

Use the GRA 16 general Group to share content and make connections!

Classroom Connections:

You can have your class use the public GRA Groups above for students to share their writing as well as read/comment on other student writing. Many teachers also want to connect directly with another teacher or a small group of teachers to create a more private sharing space. Follow these steps to accomplish that:

  1. Find another teacher who wants to connect their class with yours
    • Look for teachers on Write About who are sharing Ideas and Posts to the GRA groups or on the site in general -OR-
    • Use the #GRA16 and/or the book-specific hashtags on Twitter, the GRA Facebook page or any other means to find that person
  2. Make sure you both have Write About accounts
  3. On Write About, you can click a member’s avatar or name to go to their page. Search their name here: writeabout.com/members or ask them to send you a link to their “My Page” ie writeabout.com/members/hans3595
  4. Click to that teacher’s profile page and use the “Add As Connection” button to connect.
  5. One teacher sets up a Group and invites the other teachers to become Admin or Moderators in that Group [see Groups help]
  6. All teachers add their students to that Group

Posting a “connection wanted” on Write About:

  1. Start a Post by clicking the Write About button from this Idea. To start using your own image instead, click the white ‘pencil’ icon in the top left corner of the page.
  2. Be sure to customize the Title (including your grade level) and then pitch your collaboration ideas!
  3. Share your Post with the #GRA16 Group and/or a book-specific GRA group!
  4. Other teachers can respond with a comment
  5. Click to that teacher’s profile page and use the “Add As Connection” button to connect.
  6. Once connected, you’ll be able to send private messages to coordinate the collaboration.

Have fun! Questions can be quickly addressed by sending a message to info@writeabout.com

Get your colleagues and connections involved by sending them to writeabout.com/GRA and connect with us on Twitter @mywriteabout 

-The Write About Team

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