The Important Thing About a WikiPrimary teachers have been using The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown for many years with their children who are learning how to write. The simplicity, repetition and imagery in the book make it an excellent model for the children to follow. Today I used this book as I taught the children how to use graphic organizers to help them to sort out the things they want to write. We chose a wiki as the thing we wanted to write about together, and the paragraph below is entirely written by the children—ideas, order, words and editing. I was excited because not only did they understand the process that I wanted them to follow later on their own, but because they so get what wikis are all about! Here is what they wrote:
The important thing about a wiki is that anyone can edit it. A wiki can be about almost anything and you can comment when you edit. It can have http://1000names.wikispaces.com/ target=”other window”/ > 1000 names . You can put pictures on it or not, but the most important thing about a wiki is that anyone can edit it.
Check out the children’s blogs to see how they followed this patterned writing on their own.