The first stages of the Take One Book process focus on developing greater depth in reading. Many of the lessons lead seamlessly into writing opportunities. Some of these will be short recording tasks, which are indicated within the lesson outlines.
In this section, we describe some writing possibilities which can be developed over a sequence of lessons. Some are genre specific, but others are content driven. As a rule of thumb, we consider it important that space is left for children to make choices about their writing. Pinning down the form, content, audience and purpose leaves little room for the child’s imagination, or freedom of expression. If the goal is to write about a theme or topic, we will generally leave the structure open, and if the goal is to develop writing in a specific genre, we will leave space for children input original ideas.
Wherever possible, we encourage writing with authentic purpose and for audiences beyond the classroom.