I love creating environments for students to write creatively. Seeing students engage with words and proudly share their work makes me burst with the joy of teaching. Recently I was asked to share some ideas on how to use Canvas for teaching writing. Here are some of the ideas that were shared:
Set up each student with their own ongoing discussion with the teacher or a peer with students attaching a photo, or word doc of their drafts, editing process or published writing.
Use the recording tool to record the students reading their writing aloud. Encourage expression, use of punctuation, editing when it doesn't make sense...
Evidence of different text types developing during the year creates a mini portfolio.
Students could access this from any location using their device, compared to one location in the classroom.
Place a piece of anonymous student work on the discussion board and then ask students to discuss the elements that they can see being used in the piece of work. e.g. varied sentences are used, paragraphs with one idea etc. Students could then give the piece of work a 1, 2 or 3.
This process would be repeated with another two examples making sure as a teacher you have a low, medium and high example.
Students then use the discussion points as a way of working out where their individual work sits.
Once they have assessed where their work sits they check the example and read the discussion points to work out what they need to do to bump up their work.