Write About This, Common Core!

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Age-appropriate creation apps for K-2 students can be hard to come by. While it can be argued that many of the creation apps can be used by students of all ages, these apps often do not appeal to primary teachers because they do not feel comfortable using the apps. That’s why I was so excited when a colleague who teaches Kindergarten shared the Write About This app that she uses with her students.

Write About What?

Write About This is very child-friendly and easy to navigate. It provides interesting photos and ready-made prompts for student response. Here’s how it works:

  • In the app, a student chooses a category from the nineteen options provided.
  • Once a category choice is made, a student then chooses a photo. At the bottom of the photo is a prompt.
  • The prompt is written but can also be read aloud by pressing the “voice” button.
  • Students then press the “Write” button where they are taken to a new screen which contains the photo, the prompt, and lined “paper” on which to respond to the prompt.
  • Students can record themselves dictating or reading their written response.
  • Students save their Write About in the app or they can email their creation. They can also save it to the camera roll.

The app includes a “Create Your Own” area. This allows students to create the entire Write About (take the photo, create the prompt or a descriptive sentence, record their voices and respond to the photo in the journal) all by themselves.

I downloaded the free version just to test it out. It’s very limited, but the biggest limitation is that students can only create one “Create Your Own” in the free app. Even if it is deleted, another cannot be created. It’s worth the $3.99 price to open up the full app!

Common Core Connection

Write About This was created by a 4th grade teacher, and it seems to be appealing for K-5 students. While the app has potential with upper elementary and middle school students, it will work best with the more primary students.

Write About This also has a very informative website, which includes the following comments about Common Core:

  • Many of the prompts included in the Write About This app ask students to explain their opinion about a variety of topics as well as provide a jumping off point for both fiction and non-fiction narratives.
  • Creative writing opportunities are also abound..with photos and prompts that will invite children to imagine and add unique details on everything from poetry & prose to lists & letters.

As for the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing, I see Write About This helping students to achieve CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 and CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4, 5, and 6.

The text of these standards sounds awfully lofty for Kindergarteners through second graders, but when you take a look at the Grade-Level Specific standards, you will see that the Write About This app really does help students build toward these College and Career Ready goals.

Even better, Write About This also promotes Communication, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. Check out the blog on the Write About This website for some curriculum integration ideas.

What Do You Think?

How do you see Write About This helping your younger students to meet the Common Core State Standards? What suggestions do you have for using it in the classroom?

 

 

 

 

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